For patients who are bothered by unsightly clusters of red, purple or blue spider veins, treatment with the Sciton laser can help. Spider veins can occur on many areas of the body, though they commonly occur on the calves, thighs and ankles. The Sciton laser can be used on all areas of the body except for the immediate area around the eyes. It can also be used safely on all skin colors.
Dr. Weniger of Weniger Plastic Surgery in Bluffton, South Carolina, commonly uses the Sciton laser for the treatment of spider veins. This is a very comfortable treatment which does not require anesthesia, though a topical anesthetic can be applied prior to treatment if the patient desires. During the procedure, the laser emits pulses of light which are absorbed by the red blood cells in the vein without any significant spread to the surrounding tissues, thus preventing damage to the surrounding skin.
The energy heats the vein, causing it to close. The Sciton laser is equipped with a special cooling plate that provides cooling during and after each laser pulse, thus maximizing the patient’s comfort. Patients often describe a sensation during treatment that is similar to the snap of a rubber band.
There is no downtime after laser vein treatment and patients are able to immediately resume their normal routine. Some minor swelling and redness may be present but this typically fades within a few hours. In some patients, mild redness may remain for up to two days. Several treatments are typically needed and most patients find that two to five treatments performed on a monthly basis are sufficient. Risks are generally rare but may include blister, infection and scarring.
The Sciton laser offers a safe, gentle, fast and effective treatment for spider veins. To learn more about laser vein treatment or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weniger, please contact Weniger Plastic Surgery at (843) 757-0123.
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