Whether you have tiny spider veins or enlarged varicose veins, reddish-purplish noticeable veins mar your appearance and often cause embarrassment. Dr. Hyacinth Ucheagwu at Vanity Klinic offers the opportunity to do away with unsightly veins with noninvasive laser treatment. Using the Icon and Elit+ systems, your treatment is quick and your existing veins are permanently eliminated. To learn more about leg vein removal, call the office in Hoboken, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.
Spider veins occur in tiny capillaries close to the skin’s surface, while reticular veins are slightly larger and deeper. Both types of blood vessels enlarge when valves in the veins weaken and blood accumulates. As a result, the veins become visible, creating spiderweb-like shapes at the skin’s surface.
Spider veins most often appear on your legs and face. Reticular veins tend to develop on the back of your leg, usually around your knee.
Although spider veins and reticular veins significantly affect your appearance, they don’t pose a health threat or cause symptoms.
Veins in your legs work against gravity, carrying blood up your legs and back to your heart. Your body uses muscle contractions to push blood through the veins. Then one-way valves inside each vein open to let blood flow up and close to stop blood from going backwards.
When the valves or muscles lining your veins weaken, blood can flow in the wrong direction and accumulate in the veins. Over time, this buildup of blood leads to enlarged, twisted veins known as varicose veins.
In addition to the cosmetic problem, patients with varicose veins often experience symptoms such as:
Lasers safely eliminate spider veins, reticular veins, and small-to-moderate varicose veins without harming the surrounding skin. They accomplish the job using a specific wavelength that’s only absorbed by the pigments in your blood. This means the laser passes through your skin and targets spider, reticular, or varicose veins.
As the veins absorb laser energy, they’re heated to the temperature at which the blood thickens and the vein breaks down. Blood flow is redirected to other vessels, while the damaged vessels are gradually cleared away by your body.