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Laser Treatment of Spider Veins

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are thin vesselscapillaries, connected with the larger venous system. They are small groups of tiny blood vessels located just under the surface of the skin, often resembling a branch or a web in shape. Similar to varicose veins, they are caused by a condition known as venous reflux. Spider veins are the mildest manifestation of venous insufficiency, smaller in size to varicose veins. They can appear isolated or they may be associated with larger, underlying varicose veins. While spider veins can cover large areas of the skin’s surface, they rarely cause physical symptoms.

Laser Treatment of Spider Veins

Purple, blue and red veins on the leg are one of the most common complaints made by patients about the appearance of their legs. The Sudbury Vein Clinic offers laser treatment of spider veins up to 3mm in diameter with the latest in FDA-approved laser technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes these treatments so effective?

The laser’s long pulses play an important role in matching the thermal relaxation time of blood vessels. Due to the absorption in hemoglobin and depth of penetration, our laser provides a combination that is well suited for the treatment of both small superficial facial telangiectasias as well as the larger, deep seated vascular targets such as leg veins. It is also effective at treating Hemangiomas and resistant port wine stains. These vascular lesions are untreatable with any other wavelength.

How does the laser treatment work?

The penetration depth of 1064 nm wavelength is combined with extended duration pulse technology, where the pulses approximate the thermal relaxation time of vessels up to several millimetres in diameter. The fluence, delivered in adjustable pulse widths for various size vessels, causes gentle intravascular cavitations and seals them.

Expected Results

The number of treatments required to achieve optimal clearance of vascular lesions is dependent on the size of the lesions and the diameter of the vessels. The laser provides significant improvement in existing spider veins and other vascular lesions; however laser treatments do not prevent new veins or lesions from appearing.