Vein and Spider Vein treatments

Quick takes

What is it?

We use the Fotona Laser remove and improve the appearance of existing spider veins and varicose veins. These procedures are most commonly performed on the legs and face.

Don’t we need those veins?

No. Varicose veins are ineffective and no longer functioning veins and therefore engorged and unsightly.

How does it work?

During these treatments, the laser energy is passed over the skin at the targeted area. The heat from the laser then causes the walls of the veins to collapse. They then become scar tissue that is naturally absorbed by the body and disappear. This has no impact as they were no longer functioning. The body then replaces those veins with better ones.

Does it hurt?

Yes, a little. Most people describe it as snapping a rubber band on the leg. It is tolerable and we use a Zimmer Cooling System to limit the discomfort. The nice thing is the discomfort is much less immediately after the treatment. We can always decrease the energy used at anytime during the procedure. We can also treat smaller areas over subsequent appointments.

How well does it work?

Individual results will vary, but we can greatly reduce or clear approximately 70% of the small veins on your legs over a course of 3 or so treatments. As with any vein treatment it is not always a forever cure if you have recurring problems with varicose veins.

What are the side effects?

Usually people have some bruising after the treatment. There can be some discomfort for a day or 2 that can be controlled with Tylenol. There is also potential for scaring and hyperpigmentation (a darkening of the skin).

How big a vein can the laser treat?

We can use the Fotona on veins that are less than 1/2 a centimeter. This is about the size of you “#” on your laptop keyboard. We can use the treatments on most
parts of the body.

Can everyone receive this type of treatment?

If you have had a history of blood clots, bleeding disorders or if you are pregnant, these treatments probably not for you. Your case will be expertly evaluated, but treatments may be limited if you have a history of keloid scars or scar easily, dark skin type, very tanned legs, a history of photosensitivity, or are being treated with blood thinners. The doctor may recommend evaluation by your physician for underlying causes for your varicose veins.

Why are there restrictions for darker skin tones or very tanned legs?

We use a Ng:Yag laser system. This system coagulates the blood in the vein by directing energy to the hemoglobin in the blood. Melanin, which determines skin tone, absorbs the energy almost the same way as hemoglobin and as a result, the melanin competes with the hemoglobin for the lasers energy. When the melanin absorbs the energy it causes increase risk of hyperpigmentation and discomfort during the procedure
Thankfully the vast majority of the other laser services
offered at Key West Med Spa, including hair removal, are
safe on all skin tones with limited risk of
hyperpigmentation. In fact, the Fotona Laser is used
extensively to treat hyperpigmentation problems in skin.

What are the post procedure instructions?

We recommend no makeup in the area. Ace bandaging may help for 3 days after the initial treatment. Avoid hot baths and exercise for 3 days after treatment to prevent the veins from opening up again. Do not tan for 1-2 weeks after treatments. Aloe vera gel may help sooth the skin if needed. Use Tylenol if needed and avoid prolonged standing for the first 3 days after the procedure.

How much does it cost?

Prices start at $250. An example of that price point would be a credit card area of spider veins. Legs full of small veins might be $650 dollars per treatment and would probably require 1-4 treatments. During a free consultation a quote can be given.

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

We use the Fotona Laser remove and improve the appearance of existing spider veins and varicose veins. These procedures are most commonly performed on the legs and face.

Don’t we need those veins?

No. Varicose veins are ineffective and no longer functioning veins and therefore engorged and unsightly.

How does it work?

During these treatments, the laser energy is passed over the skin at the targeted area. The heat from the laser then causes the walls of the veins to collapse. They then become scar tissue that is naturally absorbed by the body and disappear. This has no impact as they were no longer functioning. The body then replaces those veins with better ones.

Does it hurt?

Yes, a little. Most people describe it as snapping a rubber band on the leg. It is tolerable and we use a Zimmer Cooling System to limit the discomfort. The nice thing is the discomfort is much less immediately after the treatment. We can always decrease the energy used at anytime during the procedure. We can also treat smaller areas over subsequent appointments.

How well does it work?

Individual results will vary, but we can greatly reduce or clear approximately 70% of the small veins on your legs over a course of 3 or so treatments. As with any vein treatment it is not always a forever cure if you have recurring problems with varicose veins. The treated veins may return slowly, over years, and grow back.

What are the side effects?

Usually people have some bruising after the treatment. There can be some discomfort for a day or 2 that can be controlled with Tylenol. There is also potential for scarring and hyperpigmentation (a darkening of the skin). Staying out of the sun may help prevent scarring and hyperpigmentation.

How big a vein can the laser treat?

We can use the Fotona on veins that are less than 1/2 a centimeter. This is about the size of you “#” on your laptop keyboard. We can use the treatments on most parts of the body.

Can everyone receive this type of treatment?

If you have had a history of blood clots, bleeding disorders or if you are pregnant, these treatments probably not for you. Your case will be expertly evaluated, but treatments may be limited if you have a history of keloid scars or scar easily, dark skin type, (also called Fitzpatrick V or VI) or very tanned legs, or are being treated with blood thinners. The doctor may recommend evaluation by your physician for underlying causes for your varicose veins.

Why are there restrictions for darker skin tones or very tanned legs?

We use a Ng:Yag laser system. This system coagulates the blood in the vein by directing energy to the hemoglobin in the blood. Melanin, which determines skin tone, absorbs the energy almost the same way as hemoglobin and as a result, the melanin competes with the hemoglobin for the lasers energy. When the melanin absorbs the energy it causes increase risk of hyperpigmentation and discomfort during the procedure. Thankfully the vast majority of the other laser services offered at Key West Med Spa, including hair removal, are safe on all skin tones with limited risk of hyperpigmentation. In fact, the Fotona Laser is used extensively to treat hyperpigmentation problems in skin.

What are the post procedure instructions?

We recommend no makeup in the area. Ace bandaging may help for 3 days after the initial treatment. Avoid hot baths and exercise for 3 days after treatment to prevent the veins from opening up again. Do not tan for 1-2 weeks after treatments. Aloe vera gel may help sooth the skin if needed. Use Tylenol if needed and avoid prolonged standing for the first 3 days after the procedure.

How much does it cost?

Prices start at $250. An example of that price point would be a credit card area of spider veins. Legs full of small veins might be $650 dollars for both legs, per treatment, and would probably require 1-4 treatments. During a free consultation a quote can be given.