Varicose Vein

Varicose vein

Our treatments are non-invasive, fast, safe and effective. Patients can resume normal activities within minutes of treatment. Typically 3 – 5 treatments are required to achieve optimal results. LaserTouch Aesthetics offers one of the most effective laser vein removal options nowadays

The treatment causes the veins to shrink gradually. Average shrinking times are in the range of 2-4 months. During the first few weeks, the vein may be a bit sore if you press directly on it, but, ordinarily, there is no soreness with walking, exercise, or normal activities generally. Most patients return to work immediately. For most of the shrinking period, the vein will cause you no trouble at all, and toward the end, you will hardly be aware of it.

The skin over the vein may have a lingering discoloration for a while. You can see some of that in the “after” picture to the right. Note, however, that the vein itself has shrunk dramatically!

These discolorations fade completely, almost without exception, but the time necessary can be quite variable. In some cases there is little or none, and it’s all gone in just a few weeks. In more severe cases, the skin may darken considerably, and the discoloration may fade more slowly, over a period of months. “Permanent” discoloration does not occur in the ordinary situation

. Our skin care experts can safely and effectively remove spider veins and small varicose veins of all degrees. Treat those tiny, superficial face veins, those unattractive capillaries as well as deeper leg veins with this comprehensive, lasting and effective Laser Vein Removal treatment.

What You Should Know About Laser Vein Removal
Please shave the areas to be treated before you come in for treatment. Excess dark hair above the surface of the skin absorbs and wastes laser energy, and reduces the amount of energy that reaches the undesired blood vessels. Excess hair above the surface of the skin also increases the chance of burning or irritating the skin.
When you come for treatment, it is important not to wear any makeup over the area being treated because makeup can absorb laser energy. This could interfere with treatment, or even cause overheating of the skin surface and blistering. Makeup can be re-applied immediately after Cutera CoolGlide™ laser treatment.
After all of your last minute questions have been answered and paperwork handled, the areas you wish to have treated will be cleansed and pre treatment photos may be taken. Everyone in the treatment room must wear protective goggles when the laser is turned on. The length of the procedure itself can range from a few minutes for a few spider veins to an hour or more for very extensive blood vessels on the thighs and lower legs.

Laser Vein Removal Pre-Treatment:
All veins can be treated except for varicose veins.

Laser Vein Removal Treatment:
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 – 30 minutes depending on the area.

Laser Vein Removal Post-Treatment:
May return to most activities immediately after treatment.
Avoid hot tubs for at least 24 hours after treatment.
Always use a minimum of SPF 30 on treated area.

Results After Laser Vein Removal:
Will notice significant improvement in as few as 2-4 treatments.
Laser Vein Removal treatments take place at 7 week intervals.


What areas of the body can be treated?
All parts of the body can be treated with the Cutera XEO CoolGlide™ laser.

Cost may vary depending on the density of veins and size of area. However, as an estimate, you may expect $249 per treatment area. Consultations are free and you will receive a firm cost during your consultation at LaserTouch Aesthetics.How many treatments are needed?
It depends on:
• The desired degree of blood vessel reduction
• Hormonal status
• The area being treated
• Medications, (prednisone can increase superficial blood vessel growth) Typically, one or three treatments are needed for significant improvement of spider veins. Treatment can be done every 6 weeks on the face, and every 2-3 months on the legs. Cherry hemangiomas (red dots on the body) usually only require one or two treatments

Am I a good candidate for laser removal of unwanted, unsightly spider veins? 
The unique design of the CoolGlide™ laser, and the long wavelength, allows treatment of people with all skin colors. A smaller number of treatments are needed when the skin is light colored. We do not treat patients with a fresh suntan.

What questions should I ask myself when considering laser spider vein removal? 
• How much are you embarrassed by unwanted spider veins?
• How much are you bothered by the time you spend concealing your unwanted blood vessels?
• Do your unwanted blood vessels (for example, on you legs) inhibit your choice of clothing or limit the activities that you engage in (for example, swimming)?

What will happen on treatment day? 
Other than your regular skin care routine, there is no standard preparation for this procedure. There are no restrictions on what you may eat or drink prior to your appointment. Many people like to take 2 – 3 Advil (200mg. tablets) to prevent or reduce discomfort.

What is the laser treatment procedure? 
Immediately before the laser is used on an area, a thin coat of clear gel is lightly smoothed over the skin, and then the laser pulses are quickly and evenly applied to the unwanted spider veins. The cooling head of the CoolGlide Excel may be applied to the skin immediately before and after each pulse of the laser, to further protect your skin and prevent or reduce any discomfort.

Does it hurt? 
The laser emits only light. You may feel a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. There is no bleeding and no open wound is created. Some people find the FIRST laser treatment more uncomfortable than subsequent treatments. Maybe this is because there are more blood vessels which are destroyed during the first treatment; and perhaps also because some people are more apprehensive during the first treatment, because they are not sure of what to expect.
While some areas of the body like the nose are more sensitive than others, many patients report little or no discomfort. If there is unusual discomfort, please let us know so that we can apply more cooling or adjust the settings on the laser.
Most people find it helpful to simply take two or three Advil (200mg tablets), 2 hours before coming in for treatment.

What will happen after treatment of spider veins with laser? 
Redness often has faded greatly by the next day. It would not be uncommon for the skin to be slightly drier that evening and to require more moisturizing cream.
The treated veins, in particular on the legs, may appear slightly more obvious or a bit darker for the next week or two, but this is seldom a major cosmetic problem. Occasionally on the legs, less frequently on the face, there can be isolated superficial bruising which generally is a nuisance and resolves within a week or two on the face, or several weeks on the legs without needing any treatment.

Why do the blood vessels sometimes look more obvious for several weeks after treatment?
After the blood vessels are treated with laser energy, they sometimes swell up slightly, and the body moves in to begin the job of removing the treated vessels.
Sometimes portions of the vessels will seal off immediately, and a bit of blood stays behind in the treated vessels, causing temporary red or purple coloration. If this happens, the blood in the vessels is usually reabsorbed along with the vessels themselves by the body over a period of several weeks to a couple of months on the legs, without needing any additional treatment.
Because the CoolGlide™ laser can produce a longer, gentler pulse there is much less chance of bruising compared to treatment with first and second generation lasers. Patients who have previously been treated with dye lasers are always impressed by the fact that they look good immediately after CoolGlide™ treatment, with little or no discoloration of the skin.

Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment of spider veins with laser?
Since the laser does not burn or cut the skin in any way, no bandages are necessary. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. To reduce the chance of uneven tanning in the treated area, you should minimize sun exposure and tanning for a week or two after treatments.

Pre-treatment instructions:
1.Please try to minimize tanning and self-tanning creams for a week or two before treatment. A fresh tan can interfere a bit with the effectiveness of the CoolGlide Laser treatment, though this is less of a problem than with older, short wavelength lasers.
2.Please do not wear makeup on the areas to be treated. Makeup absorbs laser energy, and less energy will reach your unwanted blood vessels. Blistering may also occur.
3.Please shave the areas to be treated the day before treatment or on the morning of treatment. Excess hair above the surface of the skin absorbs and wastes laser energy, and reduces the amount of energy that reaches the unwanted blood vessels where it is really needed. Excess hair above the surface of the skin also increases the chance of burning or irritating the skin.
4.Some people find it helpful to take 2-3 Advil, (200mg. tablets), 2 hours before coming in for treatment

Post-treatment instructions:
1.Redness often has faded within a day or two. It would not be uncommon for the skin to be slightly drier that evening and to require more of your favorite moisturizer. The treated spider veins may appear slightly more obvious for the next week or two, but this is seldom a cosmetic problem.
2.Try to avoid tanning for two weeks after treatment, because occasionally the tan could be somewhat irregular (lighter and/or darker in the treated areas.) If you plan to be exposed to sun use SPF25 or higher sun block.
3.You do not need to purchase support stockings or special creams, and there is no special routine for you to follow.
4.Blistering or scaling after Cutera CoolGlide™ laser removal of blood vessels is very rare, but usually resolve over a few days or a week with a bit of Polysporin several times a day. Please call us if this happens, or if you have any other problems or questions.

Can I be treated if I’m pregnant?
Treatment is not recommended during pregnancy or while the mother is breast-feeding.

Once treated, will my veins reappear?
We cannot treat your predisposition to develop varicose or spider veins, so new veins may reappear in the same area or in other areas within next few years. Usually a touch-up treatment to remove new veins will be needed every 1-3 years.