Spider Veins on Legs or Body The blue, red, or purple hue of spider veins is uncomfortable, embarrassing, and aesthetically unappealing. Spider veins are swollen and raised blood vessels situated in various regions of the human body. In general, patients note these in their face, arms, and legs. Once the enlarged blood vessels turn and twist, the appearance of spider veins becomes noticeable. This can lead one to cover or hide their body due to a lack of self-confidence. This clinic uses state-of-the art laser technology to help manage and reduce the presence of spider veins. The laser is set at a safe wavelength (1064 nm Nd:YAG) to reduce spider veins, vascular lesions, and permanent hair for tanned/darker skin types. This procedure is certified by Health Canada. Causes of Spider Veins The visibility of enlarged blood vessels or spider veins is a symptom. It’s important to note the underlying cause(s) before implementing a treatment plan. To do this, the clinic provides access to a trained specialist and helps examine the patient’s veins, medical history, and skin-related condition(s). This information is useful in determining a fitting treatment to reduce or eradicate spider veins in the legs or body. Causes include: Hormonal Changes (Pregnancy) Sun Exposure Trauma Poor Blood Circulation Genetic Predisposition Improper Footwear The presence of spider veins may vary depending on the patient’s current condition, genetics, age, and skin tone. An in-depth consultation at the clinic is offered to examine the skin and see what’s triggering these enlarged blood vessels. Ideal Candidate The consultation is a pre-procedure step used to survey a patient’s spider veins, skin condition, and medical history before following through with a treatment plan. The specialist will analyze the patient’s spider veins to determine the appropriate procedure to eliminate these ungainly veins. An ideal candidate is a patient with visible and widespread spider veins without an underlying medical condition. If a medical condition is present, the patient is asked to seek medical assistance before treatment. This is to ensure the patient’s well-being is kept in mind and a long-term solution is found. In most cases, a procedure will be scheduled after the assessment is complete. Treatment To treat spider veins in the leg or body, a specialist will use high-frequency wavelengths directed at the enlarged blood vessels. The strong burst of energy helps lessen the vein’s visibility and size. Before the treatment starts, the patient’s skin is numbed using a local anesthetic. This is applied to the regions with visible spider veins. The goal of this procedure is to target those veins and use thermal energy to reduce their size. This local anesthetic is used as a precaution to guarantee minimal discomfort. To complete the treatment, a specialist will use the 1064 nm Nd:YAG wavelength to target specific pre-decided spider veins. The energy from these waves will optimize efficiency without causing discomfort. This treatment is non-surgical and will not require the use of incisions and/or needles. Once the treatment is finished, patients note a reduction of 50-80%. If necessary, the clinic will recommend additional sessions to maximize results and offer a deeper reduction. The results will depend on the patient’s age, skin tone, number of spider veins, and future likelihood of supplementary spider veins. Recovery The patient will require 30-40 minutes to recover from any or all side effects (minor swelling, bruising, redness). Patients are recommended to use a gentle painkiller (if necessary) to alleviate these symptoms. A specialist will examine the skin for these side effects post-procedure. This procedure is safe and approved by Health Canada. It will require minimal downtime and most patients are able to head back to their daily routine without hesitation. If required, the specialist will include a supplementary recovery plan to reduce side effects and aid in the prevention of future spider veins. To start eliminating unsightly spider veins in your legs and body, start with a scheduled consultation at this clinic.