Are you one of the many adults that are suffering from spider or varicose veins? Well, you are not alone. Up to 50% of the adult population experience spider veins, with the majority being women. Many patients in the Fairfield area do not want to undergo invasive surgery to remedy this issue. Thankfully, there is a non-invasive option that can eliminate those unsightly veins for good!
Spider veins and varicose veins are clusters of enlarged blood vessels that develop near the surface of the skin and often appear on the face and legs. Spider veins commonly appear as red, blue or purple, and have the appearance of a spider web, hence the name. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are blue, purple, or skin colored and often bulge or are raised above the surface of the skin.
These veins are caused by irregularities in blood vessels. Veins carry blood from the heart to other areas of the body, and sometimes the valves within the veins become defective, allowing a backflow of blood within the veins. This pooling of blood weakens the blood vessel wall, creating varicose veins. The most common risk factor for developing these types of veins is aging.
At Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group, we offer treatment for spider veins using our Cutera Excel laser. This laser is considered best-in-class, and treats spider and varicose veins safely and quickly, often in as little as two treatments. The Cutera Excel laser works by delivering a pulse of energy to the treatment area, which is absorbed by the blood inside the blood vessel, destroying it. The blood vessel is then absorbed into the body.
Treatments are often described as feeling like rubber band snaps, and local anesthetic or pain medication is usually not needed, though it can be applied on request. Side effects include swelling or reddening of the treatment area(s), though this should lessen within 24 hours.
If you are interested in treated your spider or varicose veins, contact us today! We would be happy to schedule a consultation for you.