Is Laser Removal of Facial Spider Veins Right For You?

Now You Can Have Clear, Younger Looking Skin In Just A Few Minutes

If you think that facial spider veins are just an unavoidable part of aging, think again.

As technology advances and the baby boomers hit late middle age, the demand for new and better ways to get rid of the signs of aging has increased exponentially.

With demand comes better funding for anti-aging research and one of the biggest aesthetic concerns is facial spider veins. They may be harmless but they’re unsightly; unfortunately, up til now most of us just accepted them as part of getting older.

Laser treatments for medical issues have been around for decades but over the last 20 years or so, research has really targeted aesthetic uses for lasers as well. One of the areas most studied is facial spider veins, and it’s now an in-and-out procedure that doesn’t even require any downtime from work. As a matter of fact, you can do it on your lunch break and head straight back to the office if you’d like.

How Does It Work?

Your doctor will use a small, hand-held device to target the spider veins specifically. The device will shoot high-powered green-light laser directly at the vein. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the vein (but interestingly enough, not by the surrounding tissue) and the blood vessel is destroyed. Your body reabsorbs it, and that’s all there is to getting rid of your facial spider veins!

It’s generally a quick procedure but if you have a large amount that needs treated or if your veins are darker in color, it may take a bit longer. You may even need to go back for 2 or 3 sessions. If that’s the case, your doctor will schedule you at 4-6 week intervals.

Does it Hurt?

The procedure is painless and doesn’t even require pain medications and many people liken the sensation to getting lightly flipped with a rubber band. As we’ve already discussed, there’s no downtime from work. Occasionally, there may be some redness or minor puffiness and on extremely rare occasions, you may have some blistering. This all goes away after a few days and you’re back to normal, except your spider veins are gone!

Is It Permanent?

Unfortunately, the procedure is only temporary and you’ll need to go back for treatments at intervals suggested by your doctor. The temporary results are great though, so if you don’t want to have surgery, or can’t, then this is a great procedure for you!

What Causes Facial Spider Veins?

As with any other type of spider vein, those on your face can be caused by several different conditions including:

  • Hormonal changes such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause
  • Taking any kind of hormone treatment that includes estrogen and progesterone
  • Obesity
  • Genetics. Some people are just born with weak veins and age worsens the condition
  • Sun exposure can cause spider veins, especially if you’re fair skinned, so it’s vitally important that you use sunscreen on your face each time that you go out. La Roche Posay’s Anthelios 50 provides both UVA and UVB protection in a stable complex that’s great even for sensitive skin.

Final Word

Facial spider veins have numerous causes and can appear at any age. Since there’s not a permanent cure for them, exercising, eating heart-healthy foods, and wearing sunscreen are your best defenses against developing them to begin with.

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