At Coastal Dermatology and Medspa, our priority is to deliver quality dermatology care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.
Spider Vein Treatment
These are those tiny veins that show up around the nose and cheeks and on our feet or legs. Spider veins are no longer part of your circulatory system so removing them is not detrimental to your health. Minimizing or removing spider veins makes you look much younger and can give you a more even skin tone. We use 2 approaches to spider veins:
- 1Sclerotherapy uses microinjections of a hypertonic solution into the veins to dissolve them.
- 2IPL is a laser or light therapy that targets the pigments in the blood which gives these veins their color and wipes them out.
Sclerotherapy is microinjections of a hypertonic solution that dissolves the tiny veins. IPL is a laser or light therapy that targets the pigments in the blood which gives these veins their color and wipes them out. We like the IPL procedure best for facial spider veins but IPL or sclerotherapy can be used almost anywhere in combination or individually. Stubborn veins will take several treatments and sometimes combining IPL with sclerotherapy gives the best and quickest results.
Large distorted veins need to be removed surgically. Spider veins are about thread-sized in thickness and can have networks like a spider’s web. These are great targets for IPL or sclerotherapy.
Ideal candidates for Spider Vein Treatment
Anyone with tiny thread-sized veins who are otherwise in average to good health. With IPL, there are sun exposure restrictions before and after the treatments. You will need to avoid the sun 1 week before and after each treatment. We do not recommend tanning during the treatment series. We do recommend you always wear UV protective clothing including hats and excellent sunscreens of 30+ SPF when outdoors for everyone.
What to expect from your Spider Vein Treatment
With IPL you will typically see a red or darkening response by the veins after exposure to the IPL beam. This is a good sign. This means the coagulated blood in the veins has been successfully targeted. The veins will break down slowly over the next few weeks and then minimize or completely disappear.
With sclerotherapy, the veins almost instantly disappear. The microinjections can be slightly uncomfortable, and many are needed to treat the network of veins. We can apply a topical anesthetic cream to minimize discomfort. There is no additional charge for numbing cream but allow an extra 45 minutes to your treatment for the cream to get to full numbing effect. Most treatments take 30 mins or 75 minutes with numbing.
Both therapies typically require several treatments depending on your goals and durability of the veins. We like to treat to a good outcome and strongly recommend a full treatment package.
You can also expect a good outcome!