Surface laser therapy is commonly used to treat spider veins. Surface laser uses heat to seal off the spider vein, which is then dissolved and reabsorbed by your lymphatic system.
Surface laser is a non-invasive treatment option that can be conveniently completed at Doctor Toby Cohen’s offices located at Athol Place Spring Hill. There is free parking onsite for patients.
Surface laser works by sending a focused beam onto the skin where the affected veins can be seen. A laser light passes through the skin, heating the targeted vein, making it collapse. There is no harm caused to the surrounding skin. While you will not have any cuts or scars, you will be able to feel something like a rubber band flicking the skin on the area being treated.
The thin red veins will respond better than the blue veins to surface laser, with the weblike networks responding faster than those up to 1.5mm in size. It is for this reason surface laser is commonly used in conjunction with injection sclerotherapy, which targets the larger veins.
During your treatment you will be required to wear safety eyewear to protect you from the light being used. You must not remove this eyewear until you have been told it is safe to do so.
To ensure the best results, a specialist laser technician who has been specifically trained in the treatment of spider veins will complete the therapy.
While surface laser therapy is considered extremely safe, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks including burns, scaring, and skin discolouration. At the Vein Lab, we significantly minimise these risks by ensuring the latest equipment is being used, by highly trained professionals including doctors and laser technicians, in a very safe out-of-hospital environment.
Two to six weeks prior:
Prior to your arrival:
You may notice a slight hot and stinging sensation or tenderness in the area after your appointment. The following can be done to help relieve symptoms:
It is normal for the area to appear darker or a little bruised, with small welts or swelling occurring in the surrounding area. This should reduce in three days.
If scabbing occurs, you can apply antibiotic cream. Do not pick or scratch the area.