Vein Removal
in Latham, NY

What is Spider Vein Removal?

Vein removal involves a focused beam of laser or radiofrequency energy to heat and damage the vein. The blood from the damaged vein will then be directed elsewhere, leaving the vein to become scar tissue and eventually disappear. The precision of the laser effectively removes the vein while leaving surrounding tissue unharmed.

Who is a Candidate?

Candidates for laser vein removal are those who are bothered by visible spider veins or varicose veins. Laser vein removal is most effective at treating small spider veins and small varicose veins, but more severe veins might require surgical removal. Your surgeon can examine your skin and veins to determine which laser setting and technique will be best for you. Candidates should also be in good health and be non-smokers.

The Procedure

Spider veins and smaller varicose veins that are close to the skin’s surface can be effectively treated with noninvasive laser removal. During laser treatment, no anesthesia or incisions are required. If larger or deeper varicose veins are present, you might require a small incision for a tube to be inserted, allowing the energy to more effectively reach the vein and heat the blood. In this type of removal, injectable anesthesia will be used for your comfort. Your surgeon will use the appropriate removed laser settings to zap the veins. Patients might experience a heat sensation but can expect minimal discomfort. Treatment length can vary depending on the size and location of your veins and the technique being used.

Recovery and Results

After vein removal, the treated area might appear swollen, red, and bruised, but this should fade within a few days. Compression stocking might be required to encourage healing.

As the veins become scar tissue, their appearance will fade significantly or disappear completely. One session is usually enough to see results, however, treatment does not prevent future veins from forming. The appearance of new veins might require another treatment session.

To learn more about vein removal and to find out if you are a good candidate, contact our office today. We can provide you with more information and schedule your appointment with Dr. Chao.