Leg Vein Removal

Spider leg veins are the small blue veins that can develop on the lower legs, ankles and thighs. Up to 30% of women will develop spider veins in their lifetime and they are a cause of significant embarrassment to many women. Many of our patients tell us that they feel ashamed of showing their legs in public and resort to wearing long skirts or trousers. They can be seen at any age but frequently follow childbirth due to hormones that dilate blood vessels and the pressure on deeper leg veins. Spider veins are usually 1-2 mm in diameter or smaller when we call them to spider capillaries. Varicose veins are larger in diameter and require either vascular surgery or foam sclerotherapy. At Harley Skin and Laser we specialise in the treatment of smaller spider veins or spider capillaries.

What type of Laser does the clinic use?

The best and gold standard treatment for spider veins is the Nd:YAG Laser. Laser vein removal is an easy, fast, and effective way to treat superficial veins Laser therapy has been used in the medicine for more than 30 years. Advances in technology have helped developed many different lasers. The laser uses a focused beam of light. In the treatment of veins, the wavelength of light is targeted to the pigment in the blood. The laser heats up the small vein and destroys it. The laser beam is focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.  

How does the laser work?

The Nd YAG laser pierces the skin and penetrates the superficial blood vessel. The heat generated from the laser coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal. Over the next few weeks, the vessel will disappear and all the blood will be removed by the body’s scavenging cells. The newer laser treatments allow the delivery of a precise dosage of energy to each blood vessel without injuring any nearby structures.

How do I know if I am a candidate for laser vein treatment?

A full consultation is carried out prior to laser therapy. Spider veins do not cause symptoms and are of a cosmetic concern only. For those who have symptoms, further investigation is done to ensure that they do not have varicose veins. Laser therapy is most effective for the very small spider veins and not used to treat large varicose veins.

What happens during the laser therapy?

The procedure is done at the clinic and usually takes between 20 – 60 minutes.  Cool air is applied during the treatment to ensure client comfort. After treatment you can resume normal activities. 

What are side effects of laser therapy?

The skin above the veins will have a reddish, cat-scratch appearance. This generally disappears over the next two days.

How long does it take for the results to become evident?

The results of laser treatment for spider veins are not immediate. After the laser therapy, the vessels underneath the skin will gradually change from a dark blue to light red color, then eventually disappearing in two to six weeks.  Most patients report a high degree of satisfaction with the procedure and relief at no longer having to hide unsightly veins. The treated areas are noticeably clearer and in most cases the skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.  The majority of spider veins will disappear within two to four weeks, and in some cases even longer.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on the size and number of veins, two to six treatments will be needed. The treatments are usually done 4-6 weeks apart. Those with a tendency towards vascular problems will most likely require additional treatments.