How Can I Get Rid of Spider Veins?

While they may make you feel self-conscious, spider veins are usually quite harmless. If you’re one of the estimated 50% of adults over 18 who is bothered by the appearance of spider veins, and you don’t know what to do about them, the skilled medical and aesthetic team at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center in Odessa, Texas offers a simple, noninvasive solution with laser and light therapy. 

How can I get rid of spider veins? Discover the answer to that question so many other people in the Permian Basin already have below.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are superficial leg veins that occur when a small group of blood vessels dilate close to the surface of your skin. They appear blue, red, or purple, and can become visible anywhere on your body; however, spider veins are most common on your thighs, ankles, and calves. You might get these visible veins on your face, too.

Spider veins tend to run in families, and women get them more often than men, usually as a result of pregnancy, hormones, sun damage, and aging. In fact, your chance of getting spider veins increases as you get older. Fortunately, laser and light therapy with the excel® V laser system by Cutera® makes it easy to get rid of unsightly veins so you can feel more confident in your own skin. 

The treatment of choice for spider veins

Laser and light therapy is the treatment of choice for spider veins. It’s effective, noninvasive, and we can perform the simple procedure right in our office. During your excel V spider vein treatment, your doctor uses this advanced aesthetic technology to target spider veins with rapid pulses of light energy, also called intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. 

The light energy penetrates your veins below the surface of your skin, and the blood in the dysfunctional blood vessels absorbs the thermal energy. The heat causes the veins to close down and reroute blood to healthier veins. Over time, once-visible spider veins fade away. 

Comfortable, fast treatments

Intense pulsed light therapy is noninvasive and only minimally uncomfortable. Most of our patients describe the sensation as similar to the snap of a rubber band against your skin. The excel V system has a built-in contact cooling system to keep the surface of your skin comfortable. We also offer topical gels and creams to reduce sensitivity and minimize discomfort during your appointment. 

Treatments are fast, too, which makes them even more easily tolerated. The excel V treatment doesn’t involve needles or anything invasive, so there’s no downtime, and there are no side effects other than slight redness in the treated area, similar to a mild sunburn. 

Depending on the size, quantity, and visibility of your spider veins, you may need a series of IPL treatments for best results. Our board-certified dermatologists customize a treatment plan based on your individual needs, so you get the outcome you desire. The excel V treatment also works on larger, deeper veins, including reticular veins. 

You may not be able to prevent getting spider veins, especially if they run in your family, but you can do something about them. Call our friendly office staff at 432-217-0344 to learn more and to schedule a consultation. Or use the convenient online booking system to request the next available appointment. 

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