Posted August 26, 2019 in Varicose Veins
Spider and varicose veins are embarrassing and unsightly, and often cause people to avoid exposing their legs or other areas that have them. Unfortunately, there aren’t any exercises or home remedies to eliminate spider or varicose veins. Compression stockings can help push blood to your heart, but typically do little to remove veins that have already become visible.
Laser skin resurfacing is becoming a popular, non-invasive method of addressing undesirable veins that protrude and darken as you age. As a delicate, precise approach to skin concerns, laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option to reduce spider and varicose veins, along with other issues.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Lasers transmit powerful beams of light that are strategically placed on the treatment sites. Old, dead skin cells are destroyed and new, living cells form and replace the outer layers. This process results in skin that is tighter, smoother, and refreshed. Lasers can be effective treatments for:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Body hair
- Enlarged pores and oil glands
- Facial scars and blemishes
- Liver spots
- Skin discoloration
- Sun damage
- Tattoo removal
- Uneven skin texture
- Varicose or spider veins
- Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, forehead, and mouth
Laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal can improve the appearance of your skin and boost your confidence. Dr. Messa offers laser treatments in his office to help his patients achieve their aesthetic goals.
How Does It Work?
Your doctor applies a local anesthetic and sometimes sedation to numb the skin, and then uses the laser to strategically improve your varicose or spider veins.
Patients with dark skin may not be good candidates for this technique but should consult with Dr. Messa to discuss their condition. Your session can take between 30 minutes and two hours to complete, and treatments are scheduled every six to 12 weeks. Surgical dressings may be applied to your face to promote healing.
How Long Is the Recovery?
Immediately following your treatment, your skin will likely feel sensitive, similar to a mild sunburn. Swelling, redness, irritation, burning, rashes, and an itchy sensation are all normal reactions to laser resurfacing. After about a week, the dead skin should have almost completely peeled off and the new skin should have healed. Some patients need additional treatments to thoroughly address their skin concerns.
Tips for Your Recuperation
- Avoid picking or scratching your skin
- Be patient, as it may take time to heal depending on how your skin reacts to the treatment
- Clean the treated areas frequently with saline or severely diluted vinegar
- Follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery
- Invest in a high-quality moisturizer that your doctor recommends
- Liberally apply sunscreen every day, especially one formulated for sensitive skin
- Use protective skin care as advised by your doctor
What Results Can I Expect?
Once the side effects, such as redness or pinkness, subside, your skin should appear noticeably smoother. Your outcome can be long-lasting, especially when proper sun protection is utilized. You can avoid developing varicose or spider veins in the future by exercising, elevating your legs, standing up and walking every half hour, and taking shorter baths.