Can I be tan during the treatment?
If you are undergoing a laser treatment, you must make sure that your skin is not tan. You should avoid sun exposure for two months prior to the procedure. For patients with pigmented or darker skin, you and your surgeon will carefully consult to determine if laser treatments are an option for you. Increased pigment in the skin, and tanned skin causes a significant increase in the risks potentially associated with laser treatments such as blistering of the skin, pigment change and scarring. If you have a tan, you may not be eligible for laser treatment until your tan fades.
How many treatments will I need?
Some spider veins disappear after only one treatment. Some require up to four treatments spread out four weeks apart for great results. Your surgeon will discuss this with you so you know what to expect before starting a treatment regimen.
How long does the treatment take?
Small areas on the face take just a few minutes. Leg veins may take up to 30 minutes per treatment session.
What are my other options?
Asclera® and hypertonic saline are two injectable treatments for leg veins which are also done in the office. This approach tends to be less painful than laser treatments and skin pigment is not an issue. You and your surgeon will discuss which option (laser or injection) is best for you.