CoolGlide™ Laser treatment is a safe, effective, quick, and
gentle method for removal of unwanted blood vessels (veins).
One to three laser treatments can greatly improve the appearance
of skin which is disfigured by unwanted blood vessels.
is laser technology used safely to remove unsightly spider
laser beam passes through the skin to the targeted blood vessels
where the energy is absorbed by the pigment in the blood.
Without affecting the surrounding skin the laser energy causes
selective damage to the lining of the blood vessel, which
causes the unsupported vein walls to collapse. These veins
then dissolve and disappear as the body absorbs them during
the natural healing process.
what are spider veins anyway?
veins are small, dilated blood vessels that appear red or
blue. These vessels, each about the size of a large hair,
may be short, unconnected lines, or they may be connected
in a matted “sunburst” pattern. They may also resemble a spider
web or a tree with branches. Although spider veins can appear
anywhere on the body, they are usually found on the face and
legs. In most cases, they pose no health hazard but may cause
a dull aching or burning in the legs after prolonged standing.
did I get spider veins?
the cause of spider veins is not completely known, in many
instances there appears to be a genetic predisposition. Reports
have also shown that pregnancy, hormonal changes, weight gain,
leg injury, or prolonged standing may influence the occurrence
of spider veins.
should I expect during treatment?
will be asked to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes
from any exposure to laser light.
small area will be tested to determine the proper laser settings
for your treatment. The laser light will be delivered through
a small hand-piece that touches your skin. The surface of
the skin is protected by a cooling gel and by a gold plated
cooling head which glides over the skin immediately ahead
of the laser beam.
comfort levels vary as treatment progresses. A pulse of laser
light is mildly uncomfortable, but tolerable, and is often
described as feeling like the snap of a rubber band against
the skin. Cool compresses and a soothing lotion will be applied
to the treated area.
long do treatments take?
depends on how many veins a client chooses to have treated
during a particular session. Each pulse of the laser beam
delivers energy to a large area, so it takes only seconds
or minutes to treat each spider vein.
many treatments do I need?
frequently find that one treatment is sufficient. However,
for optimal results several treatments may be necessary. The
actual number of treatments depends on the number of blood
vessels being treated and the size and color of the vessels.
procedure will diminish or completely eliminate the treated
veins; however, laser treatment cannot prevent new spider
veins from developing. Clients who are prone to the development
of spider veins may choose to return for further treatments
if and when new spider veins appear.
the treatments hurt?
patients experience a stinging sensation as the laser energy
is delivered to the blood vessel. The skin will be cooled
frequently to minimize discomfort. Following the treatment,
the discomfort is minimal to nonexistent.
will happen after treatment?
spider veins may disappear immediately after treatment. It
may take the body days or weeks to fully absorb larger, more
noticeable veins. Initially, there may be redness, swelling,
or bruising of the area treated. The redness and swelling
will typically subside within a few hours to a few days. The
treated vessels may appear a bit darker for the next week
or two. Complete healing may take from one to three months.
are no post-treatment restrictions on a client's normal activities.
It is recommended that clients avoid strenuous exercise or
activities for the first 24 hours after treatment.
are the possible side effects?
effects are rare and usually temporary. Initially there may
be redness and swelling, which will gradually subside over
the next several days. Occasionally there can be increased
or decreased pigment in the treated area, which generally
resolves within a few weeks. Bruising may occur and rarely
long do the results last?
expectations are important for spider vein removal treatments.
After one or two treatments on the face, or one to four treatments
on the legs, the total number of bothersome blood vessels
is greatly reduced--generally by 70 to 90 percent. The re-growth
of vessels after treatment is highly individual and depends
on your genetic predisposition, the use of certain medications,
and hormone levels. External factors such as sun exposure
can also speed up the appearance of new vessels on the face
there alternatives other than laser treatment to eliminate
my spider veins?
is the most common alternative treatment for spider veins.
This procedure involves inserting a needle into the unwanted
blood vessel and injecting an irritating solution. The body
detects the damage to the vessel and re-absorbs it as part
of the natural healing process. It can take up to six months
for the treated veins to disappear. Post-treatment care may
include bandages and support hose for up to two weeks after
primary benefits of laser removal of unwanted blood vessels
over sclerotherapy are:
therapy is faster with less discomfort.
vessels which are difficult or impossible to treat with
sclerotherapy respond quite well to laser treatment.
sclerotherapy involves an injection with an irritating solution,
there is an increased risk of bruising or infection.
the skin is not broken with laser treatment, there is no
need for bandages, tape, or support stockings after treatment.
much does laser treatment for spider veins cost?
vein treatments are priced according to the size and complexity
of the area treated. Our prices are competitive, and discounts
are available to clients who purchase packages or who have
multiple areas treated during one session. These details will
be discussed with you during your complimentary consultation.
accept Visa and MasterCard. Most health insurance plans
and policies do not cover these procedures. Please consult
your carrier for more information.