Dual Modality Laser & Sclerotherapy Treatment
The Dornier 940 nm wavelength topical laser uses a 0.5 mm beam to precisely target the tiny spider vein. The laser energy is absorbed by the red/blue colored hemoglobin molecules in the blood cells and produces a minute amount of heat energy which is passed on to the inner lining of the vein causing the spider vein to shrink and close. This method avoids the risk of needle injury and spillage of the agent (extravasation) in to the surrounding tissue. After the tiny surface spiders are treated, Foam Sclerotherapy is then used to close the deeper feeding vessels (reticular veins) supplying the spider vein complexes. This dual modality technique gives a faster and more complete resolution to large areas and minimizes possible staining at the skin level. The majority of people who have laser treatments have minimal discomfort and satisfying results. However, this is a staged process and initial bruising which is common to all types of therapies should be expected. Laser treatments and sclerotherapy are good treatments for spider veins but not a cure. Total (100%) clearing of the spider veins is not a realistic goal. The treatment sessions last approximately 20 minutes and are repeated at four – six week intervals to achieve optimal results. Special vein lights allow visualization of feeding veins that may not be visible to the naked eye and can lead to recurrence if not treated. The special vein lights also make treatments quicker and therefore less expensive.