Our population is aging and baby boomers are seeing the effects of time. Even healthy people see it. Among the outward signs of aging, spider veins (tiny varicose veins that do not protrude above the skin) appearing anywhere from the legs to the face have people seeking cosmetic options. With the active lifestyle many people lead, even into their senior years, simply covering up spider veins is not a solution.
As our population ages, the median age surpassed 37.5 this year, according to the U.S. Census. Those over 65 make up 15% of the population in our country and its growing. If you’ve paid attention, you have noticed that even those over 65 are maintaining an active lifestyle. While the population grows older it creates a growing market for certain types of cosmetic laser treatment, including spider vein treatment.
As they grow older, people are staying in shape, engaging in outdoor activities, and want to wear shorts and go swimming without concern for cosmetic issues like spider veins. It is not just that the population is aging, it is also remaining active. This is a growing market for medical practices.
One of the older treatments for spider veins is Sclerotherapy. This treatment requires the injection of a solution into the veins which blanch and shrink the veins. It is a key treatment method for more severe vein problems and is very reliable. However, though minimally invasive, this treatment is more complicated than newer spider vein treatment options.
A more recent option is laser treatment
While laser treatment for spider veins cannot always be used, there are situations in which it is preferable. For smaller spider veins on the legs (usually appearing above the knee), or for the appearance of these veins on the face, laser procedures have been very effective. When veins are too small or present in too sensitive an area for Sclerotherapy, doctors find laser treatments to be efficacious.
Laser Treatment for Veins
As with other laser applications, the treatment of spider veins relies on the delivery of light pulses to heat the treated area. By applying a pulse to the affected areas, the heat coagulates the vein causing it to shrink and eventually be absorbed by the body.
Patients usually have 1 to 4 rounds of laser treatment spaced about 4 weeks apart. During this time, there can be skin irritation and redness. These side effect will fade, but topical treatment will ease the discomfort.
Laser Models for Spider Vein Treatment
The Harmony XL PRO with a special 1064nm Long Pulsed Nd:YAG laser.
The Cutera lasers to treat spider veins include xeo, excel HR, and excel V.
Candela VBeam Perfecta and Gentle Pro models are good options for spider veins.
For more challenging vein issues, the minimally invasive Endovenous Laser Ablation, EVLA treatment is an option. We will cover this in later posts.