Smaller veins, also known as spider veins, can be effectively treated using surface laser therapy. Surface laser uses heat to seal off the vein, which is then dissolved and reabsorbed by your lymphatic system
The improvement using surface laser is very similar to injection sclerotherapy.
The process for surface laser is a little different to injection sclerotherapy but still takes time. Rather than using an injection to close the vein, a surface laser is used to heat the vein and cause it to collapse. As is the case with injection sclerotherapy, once the veins have been closed a deposit of the red blood cells, which contain iron, may remain (around 5% of cases) cause some discolouration. Within time, this discolouration will improve as the veins are reabsorbed into the body. This usually takes around 3 to 6 months.
Surface laser takes around 30 minutes to complete, and can be carried out at Doctor Cohen’s consulting rooms. While we will aim to treat as many veins as possible in the one session, it is likely you will need to revisit a few times to get the results you’d like to achieve.
There will be no need to wear compression stockings after your visit; however, you will need to stay out of the sun. We also ask that you provide a list of medications that you’re taking should they have any impact on your treatment or expected outcomes.