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Laser spider veins removal explained

A common condition in adults, spider veins are thin, red lines on the skin that take their name from the web-like networks they can form. While usually painless and harmless, some people still decide they want to remove them, and they can also be easily treated with laser spider veins removal.

But is laser spider veins removal right for you? And how does it compare to other treatments?

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Fast facts

  • Best results

    2 to 3 treatment sessions

  • Duration of results

    Permanent

  • Back to work

    Immediately

  • Full recovery time

    3 to 7 days

  • Price range

    900 AED

  • Treatment duration

    45 minutes to 1 hour

  • Comfort

    Local anaesthetic

  • Treatment type

    Minimally invasive

What is laser spider veins removal?

Laser spider veins removal is an effective medical procedure to improve the appearance of the skin. As the name suggests, it’s often used to treat spider veins, but it can also help to reduce similar vein issues, such as varicose veins or leg thread veins.

The treatment is a minimally invasive alternative to surgical leg vein removal. That means it can be used to treat parts of the body where vein issues commonly occur, such as the face, forearms, and legs, without causing any permanent damage to the skin.

How does laser spider veins removal work?

How it works

This procedure is a type of endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), meaning it uses laser energy. During treatment, a laser transmits photons into the vein, which are absorbed by blood cells. This is then converted into thermal energy, which heats up the affected vein, causing rapid blood coagulation and destroying the blood vessel.

Before the treatment

During your consultation, your clinician will review your medical history and current condition to make sure this treatment is right for you.

You may be advised to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs before the procedure.

During the treatment

Your treatment will usually take around 45 minutes to an hour. Here’s what you can expect:

  • A topical cream or local anaesthetic will be applied to make the procedure as painless as possible.
  • The treatment area will be cleansed and prepared.
  • The practitioner will apply the laser, which will heat up the vein.
  • This destroys the blood vessel, causing the vein to shrink and disappear over time.

Aftercare

You may experience a stinging sensation and pinkness or redness in the treated area, although you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately. The treated area may also appear swollen, but this should only last a few days.

After the procedure, you may be advised to:

  • Use an ice pack to the area to help reduce swelling.
  • Avoid applying cosmetics to the treated area for 24 hours.
  • Regularly apply a lotion to keep the treated area moisturised after the treatment.
  • Wear compression socks regularly for the first week if your treatment was on your legs.

Several days after your treatment, you’ll be invited for a follow-up appointment to make sure you’re happy with the results.

Who is most suitable for laser spider veins removal?

  • Laser treatment may provide best results on smaller thread veins.
  • This type of laser treatment is best for facial spider veins. For larger veins or those on the legs, a different type of laser treatment involving the insertion of a catheter into the vein may be recommended.
  • If you have recurrent veins following previous surgery, you may be unsuitable.
  • This procedure should be avoided during pregnancy.

How much does laser spider veins removal cost? Plus, other things you need to know

How much does laser spider veins removal cost?

Laser spider veins removal typically costs around Dhs900. Prices may vary from clinic to clinic and depend on the area being treated.

How long do the results last?

The results from the treatment are long-lasting, but further thread veins can start to develop, so more treatments may be needed. Factors such as pregnancy, weight gain and hormonal changes can cause new spider veins to appear.

How can I find laser spider veins removal near me?

You can use our clinic locator to find approved listings near you.

Alternative treatments

If you don’t think laser spider veins removal is right for you, you could consider:

  • Sclerotherapy – a solution is injected into the treatment area to eliminate varicose and spider veins. While sclerotherapy doesn’t require much downtime, side-effects may include scarring and discolouration of the skin.
  • Radiofrequency ablation – a minimally invasive treatment using radiofrequency energy instead of laser energy to heat up the damaged wall inside the vein.
  • Surgery – spider veins can be removed through surgery (known as ambulatory phlebectomy). The process involves piercing tiny incisions into the affected area and using a surgical hook to remove the damaged veins.
  • Ligation and stripping – a procedure that lasts up to three hours and involves making an incision into the skin to remove or tie off the blood vessels.

FAQs

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