Unsightly spider veins and red blotches on the face and legs affect millions of people. While they may not be medical emergencies, many of our patients would like to be rid of these unattractive and sometimes embarrassing distractions to their natural beauty.
Fortunately, CoolGlide™ spider vein treatments are performed by our doctor for patients in our region to safely, easily and effectively treat spider veins, also called telangiectasias, on the face and legs.
What causes spider veins?
We do not know all of the causes, but they are often related to heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, sun exposure or the aging process. They may also be related to rosacea, another treatable skin condition.
How do the CoolGlide spider vein treatments work?
Today’s new CoolGlide laser technology delivers precise dosages of energy to each vein, with a minimal risk to the skin. During these treatments, light energy is delivered through a special handpiece to the targeted vein. The energy is then absorbed by the blood vessel. The heat/energy absorption causes a thermocoagulation (clogging) of the blood vessel. The clogged vessel is then slowly absorbed by the body.
Will CoolGlide treatments work on my spider veins?
Prior to treatment our physician will review your medical history to determine how long you have had a problem with spider veins. We will need to determine your skin type and if you have had any prior skin treatments on your face or legs. We will also discuss your objectives and fully explain your treatment and projected outcome.
Do CoolGlide spider vein treatments hurt?
Most patients describe the sensation to be like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Some patients opt to have a topical anesthesia. After treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
How many CoolGlide spider vein treatments will I need?
Typically, multiple treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Tiny pink and red vessels usually require 2 – 3 treatments to achieve acceptable results. Veins that are darker or purplish are usually more difficult to remove, and require more treatments. Treatments are spaced at 4 – 6 intervals.
Will the veins return after my CoolGlide treatment?
Optimal results can be maintained only if you apply sunscreen on the treated area and avoid sun exposure. Over time it is possible for new veins to grow in, but these too can be erased.
Are CoolGlide spider vein treatments safe?
Yes. Lasers and advanced light systems have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted vessels, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.
What about varicose veins?
Varicose veins are usually larger than 1/4 inch in diameter and may appear raised with a bluish color. They may also be related to more serious vein disorders and require a careful evaluation by your doctor prior to treatment.
What will my recovery be like from CoolGlide spider vein treatments?
Postoperative discomfort is minimal. Some bruising may appear around the treated areas. This can be covered with make-up if desired and will fade away in about 2 weeks.
Your postoperative appearance will vary depending on the treatment your doctor selects for your condition. After our doctor performs treatment with the CoolGlide laser, some swelling, redness and on rare occasions, some minor blistering may occur.
Following any treatment, your skin may feel tender for several days. You should follow your doctor’s instructions, avoid any harsh skin cleansers and use sunscreen.