Spider Veins

Spider Vein Treatments Albuquerque

Although they aren’t dangerous, many are bothered by the appearance of “spider veins”, particularly when they’re on an exposed body part such as the face and legs. Both men and women in Albuquerque, NM come to our laser center for treatment to eliminate these bothersome veins.*

The Sciton Spider Vein laser

At our Albuquerque, NM, laser clinic we treat spider veins with the Sciton ClearScan, 1064nm YAG Laser. Compared to other spider vein lasers, the ClearScan’s longer wavelength reaches the deepest veins while providing the safest laser vein treatment available. The Sciton laser can be used on all skin colors, including darker skin types.*

Spider Veins vs Varicose Veins

Varicose veins look like twisted, bulging ropes beneath the skin. They are most often treated with invasive laser treatments, foam sclerotherapy (injection of a solution into the veins to destroy them) or they can be removed surgically.*

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and closer to the surface. They look like tiny tree branches or spider webs rather than “ropes” beneath the skin. Spider veins are generally not treated with surgery, but they can be eliminated ether with sclerotherapy or with laser vein treatments.*

Spider Vein FAQ

Who are the best candidates for laser vein removal?

Those individuals with dark veins and light skin color respond most optimally. Individuals with darker skin color the skin tends to compete with the veins for light energy, resulting in the potential for damage to the skin. That’s why tanning should be avoided before and after laser treatments. Because the adjustable sapphire cooling plate of the Sciton Leg Vein Laser protects the skin and because the long wavelength light that is used by this laser tends to penetrate more deeply and scatter less, the 1064nm wavelength used by the Sciton Laser is currently the best available for treating patients with fine veins and darker skin colors.*

What parts of the body can be treated?

Spider veins virtually anywhere on the body can be treated with the Sciton Laser.

Is laser vein removal “permanent”?

Long-term studies indicate that most of the veins treated with laser are permanently destroyed. However, a certain percentage of the veins are injured but not completely destroyed and, therefore, some of these can reopen. Therefore, it may take more than one treatment to completely remove veins from a particular area, and even then, there may be resistant veins that persist. For vein removal, a 70-90% improvement is a realistic goal.*

What preparation is needed before laser vein treatment?

  • Avoid tanning either before or after your treatment.
  • Shave the hair at the anticipated treatment site
  • Avoid aspirin, Ibuprofen and similar blood-thinning medications before treatment as well as vitamin E. If you take prescribed anticoagulants, such as Coumadin, speak with Dr. Chavez prior to treatment.

Is laser vein treatment painful?

Most patients describe a Sciton laser vein treatment as mildly uncomfortable but not painful. The treatment sensation is compared to the “snap” of a rubber band. The Sciton cooling plate, which provides cooling before, during and after the laser pulse, provides a much more comfortable treatment than other lasers.*

Applying an icepack after laser vein treatment can relieve any discomfort. Further, if you think you have elevated pain sensitivity, or if we are treating a sensitive area, we can apply a topical anesthetic prior to treatment for no additional charge.

What will I look like after the treatment?

Within a few minutes after treatment, the treated area will usually become somewhat red and puffy. This reaction usually subsides within a few hours, although some mild redness may persist for up to 2 days. Since the skin is not otherwise injured, no bandages are necessary.*

How many treatments are needed?

Many veins treated with the laser are permanently destroyed after one treatment. However, a certain percentage of the veins are injured but not completely destroyed and, therefore, some of these can reopen. Therefore, it may take more than one treatment to completely remove veins from a particular area, and even then, there may be resistant veins that persist. For vein removal, a 70-90% improvement is a realistic goal. Generally, treatments are performed at monthly intervals.*

How much do the treatments cost?

The treatment cost depends on the size and number of the veins being treated, and ranges from $190/treatment (for 1-2 small veins) to $1490/treatment (for both full legs). See more details below.

What are the potential risks of laser vein treatment?

Initial redness and/or swelling is common and usually lasts only a few hours or days. It’s possible that a blister can develop, and rarely an infection or scar could result. Any injury to the skin can cause a flare of herpes simplex in people who carry the virus in the treated area. This can generally be prevented with appropriate medication. Those with darker skin types have more risk of color change, either darkening or lightening of the skin, but the Sciton Laser is among the least likely of all lasers to produce these complications, since its long wavelength and sapphire chilling plate protect the skin surface. We have used this laser for many years, and we have never seen skin pigmentation changes in our office.*

Are there any patients that cannot be treated?

With the Sciton Laser, people of all skin types can be treated. The darker the skin type, the more treatments and the slower the treatment, so it is preferable not to have a tan when being treated.

Spider Vein Pricing:

The cost depends on the size of the area being treated. The pricing options are:

  • $190 (spot treatment)
  • $390 (small area)
  • $690 (larger area, or few small areas)
  • $990 (one full leg treatment)
  • $1490 (both full leg treatment).

If it takes more than one treatment to get optimal results, the price will always go down at least one price bracket. For example, if it was $390 for the first treatment, it will go to $190 for the second treatment, even if we treat the same size area.

If  you have any Spider Vein questions or for more information, please email Dr. Chavez directly at: drchavez@clearwaves.com or call or text her directly at 505-888-3733.

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*Individual results may vary.

Clearwaves Medical Laser Group | 1120 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112 | 505-888-3733