Nd:Yag laser attacks the red pigment of superficial veins, telangiectasias (broken blood vessels) and strawberry hemangiomas (dense masses of blood vessels, cherry moles), destroying them from the inside out. In most cases about tree to five treatment once a month are needed, in others one treatment will give a close to 100 percent clearance.



What are spider veins?
Spider Veins are small red or blue dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes, measuring between 0.5 and 1 millimeter in diameter. They can develop anywhere on the body but are commonly seen on the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin, legs, specifically on the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles.

What causes the development of spider veins?
The causes of appearance of spider veins can be divided into congenital and acquired factors. Congenital causes may be one of the following: hereditary, Sturge-Weber syndrome, a nevus formation in the skin supplied by the trigeminal nerve and associated with glaucoma, meningeal angiomas, and mental retardation. Among acquired causes are venous hypertension often related to the presence of venous hypertension within underlying varicose veins; flow abnormalities within the medium sized veins of the leg can also lead to the development of broken veins. Factors that predispose to the development of varicose and telangiectatic leg veins include age (usually occurs between 18 and 35 years, and peaks between 50 and 60 years, gender (females are affected approximately four to one to males), pregnancy (pregnancy is a key factor contributing to the formation of varicose and spider veins). The most important factor is circulating hormones that weaken vein walls, lifestyle/occupation (those who are involved with prolonged sitting or standing). Other acquired causes: acne rosacea, environmental damage such as that caused by sun or cold exposure, trauma to skin such as contusions or surgical incisions, radiation exposure such as that experienced during radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer, chemotherapy, carcinoid syndrome, CREST syndrome and many more.

What does laser do to Spider Veins?
Laser therapy uses a light beam that is pulsed onto the veins in order to seal them off, causing them to dissolve. This light-based treatment requires adequate heating of the veins. For optimal results, 3-5 laser treatments are usually necessary.

Who is candidate for a laser spider vein removal treatment?
Most spider veins can be removed. Consult with our specialist in order to find out the optimal treatment.

What Do I do first?
You may call us at (212) 213-3003 and schedule a consultation to evaluate your future benefits from laser treatment. We will be happy to answer remaining questions.