See the Expert for Unwanted Leg Veins
At the Sherman Aesthetic Center, we offer Laser and Sclerotherapy to treat unwanted spider veins. Dr. Sherman’s nurses have state of the art training and extensive experience in the proper treatment of unsightly broken blood vessels in the legs. In fact, the nurses have a combined experience of 20 years with advanced laser technology. Rest assured you will only get the best when it comes to your personal treatment.
Say good-bye to spider veins and hello to shorts!
Spider veins are those small, unsightly clusters of thin red, blue or purple veins close to the surface of the skin. Covering very small or very large areas, they usually appear in the shape of a spider web or tree branch with short jagged lines. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger, darker in color, and tend to bulge. The origins of some vein disorders are still unknown, but contributing factors include: heredity, excessive standing, weight gain, hormonal changes and even pregnancy.
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Laser technology has become an important factor in the treatment of vascular deformities. Laser vein removal allows for the treatment of vein disorders using non-invasive, non-surgical technology. The most common vein complaints among patients are spider veins, which have been successfully treated using laser. In certain cases, sclerotherapy micro-injections alone are all that is needed. In other cases, sclerotherapy micro-injection treatments are combined with laser treatments. At your customized consultation, we will recommend which treatment is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the laser treatment work?
Brief light pulses are delivered to the vein through the skin’s surface. They are absorbed by hemoglobin (the substance that gives blood the reddish, purple color) and converted into heat. This heat causes the walls of the vein to collapse, which stops the blood flow. Once this happens, the vein is slowly absorbed into the body, disappearing from sight.
Laser technology enables the doctor to collapse the veins without doing any damage to the outer layers of skin. The wavelength discharged through the laser pulse enables the light to reach the target veins under the skin while evading the outer skin entirely. The light pulses are delivered so quickly that there is not enough time for the skin to be damaged.
Will the laser treatment hurt?
You may experience some moderate discomfort during the procedure—patients often report a mild burning or stinging sensation—but treatment is not painful, and is minimally invasive. Cooling agents are in place in order to maximize comfort and protect the outer layers of the skin.
What should I expect after the laser treatment?
This procedure results in rapid healing with minimal side effects. Some patients occasionally experience temporary skin discoloration, bruising and/or reddening of the skin. These conditions usually subside anywhere between a few weeks and a few months.
For the first 48 hours after the procedure, patients should avoid any strenuous activity, and avoid any anti-inflammatory or aspirin-like medications.
The most important thing to do after treatment is limit your exposure to the sun so to avoid any darkening of the skin around the treatment area. After laser, your skin will be very susceptible to sunlight. If patients do need to go outside for any reason, sunscreen should be worn at all times.
What is the cost?
Laser vein treatments usually start at $200 per session. Treatments can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes and are usually spaced about 3 to 6 weeks apart depending on the severity of the unwanted veins. Prices are determined by area size and the time necessary for laser treatment. Ask us about our money saving specials on laser and sclerotherapy treatment packages.