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Laser Treatment for Spider Veins: Pain Expectations

Throughout Florida, thousands of men and women are troubled by unattractive spider veins. These veins generally occur on the legs, but can also appear on the legs and face. They are called spider veins because of their appearance, which resembles a star with numerous small veins spreading outward from a center area in a web-like fashion.

What are the Causes of Spider Veins

Spider veins are generally caused by unusual blood flow that occurs in a weakened blood vessel.

Although you may feel like the only one with this problem, spider veins are actually very common. They can run in families and occur during pregnancy, when there is plenty of extra estrogen in the body to weaken blood vessel walls. Once these veins develop they will not disappear over time, and may become worse with age.

Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are dark, but completely superficial. They don’t cause any physical issues at all. However, they can be embarrassing, and many individuals, especially women, seek out ways to eliminate them. One of the most popular ways to get rid of spider veins is laser treatments.

Laser Treatments in Florida: What to Expect

Laser treatment is one of the best available solutions to spider veins. It’s fast, easy, and effective, and has been used for more than 30 years. During the process, the laser uses its focused beam of light to target pigment in a person’s blood. The laser then heats up the vein that is affected and destroys it. No damage is caused to the skin or tissue during the treatment and after four to six weeks, the veins I reabsorbed into the body.

While this is a very popular type of treatment, many patients go into the treatment a bit skeptical. They are unsure of what to expect, and most often they are worried about the level of pain they will experience during it.

Fortunately, this treatment is relatively painless. Most experience only a slight tingling sensation while the laser is working. However, if a patient does experience any type of pain, a local anesthetic can be applied.

After the treatment, pain should be extremely minimal and can most often be controlled via over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. The skin can at times be irritated, however, and you may feel a slight bulb where the spider vein was located. You may experience redness and bruising, but these side effects generally don’t require prescription medication.

To keep your skin from becoming sore after the laser therapy, there are things you can do.

  • Protect your skin with sunscreen and cover as much as the treated area with clothing as possible. If the laser treatment was done on your face, a wide brimmed hat to block the sun is recommended whenever you go outside.
  • Wear compression stockings. This will not only reduce pain, but it will also aid in the healing process.

If you have embarrassing spider veins, laser treatment in Florida may be the answer you’re looking for. There’s minimal pain involved with this procedure, and you can resume your normal life immediately. Why not give it a try?

If you’re ready to have legs that you can be proud of, contact the Orlando  Florida Vein Care doctor. The vein doctors are highly experienced in treating veins in a comfortable and safe way. Contact Florida Vein Care and Cosmetic Center today to be on your way to beautiful legs!

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