Spider Veins

Spider vein explanation and treatments

Although blood is one of the most crucial components of our biological makeup, it can unfortunately create unwanted blemishes on our face, such as unsightly spider veins. These red, purple and blue vessels twist and turn, taking on the physical characteristics of a spider web under our skin, which provides the source of its name.

A survey conducted by The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery discovered that 50 to 55 percent of American women are unhappy about spider veins – but this complaint isn’t limited to women3. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery also found that men are more likely to want to remove spider veins than get a hair transplant4.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins on our face, called telangiectasia in medical circles, arise from a variety of factors, and usually increase with age.

Broken capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in our veins and arteries, are the main cause of this unwanted facial blemish. These vessels deliver oxygen and nutrients to the different organs in our bodies and dispose of waste products in the process.

Since they are so small, capillaries are fragile and subject to breaking. These broken capillaries appear as spider veins on our face. Rosacea and sun damage also contribute to the formation of facial spider veins, as do genetics, obesity and stress.

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How to get rid of spider veins

While the medical term for spider veins might be complicated, the removal process isn’t.

ThreeForMe™ laser treatment safely sweeps away spider veins and other facial skin blemishes to leave you with brighter, more vibrant skin.

The first part of the treatment uses an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to target spider veins, broken blood vessels and rosacea on the face. The IPL energy passes through our skin to deliver heat to these highly visible veins, causing them to close and become invisible.

The second part stimulates new elastin and collagen production using a “microbeam” laser technology. This revitalizes the support structure of your skin, reducing wrinkles, fine lines and other imperfections on your face.

Patient Results

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Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

FAQs

Am I a candidate?

ThreeForMe laser treatments can be safely used on most skin types and for common aging and sun-related skin conditions including wrinkles, sun spots and facial vessels. During your consultation, your physician will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of personal factors.

How many treatments will I need?

A typical course of treatment involves 1-3 procedures at one-month intervals. However, everyone’s skin conditions are different so your physician will customize the treatment for optimal results on your skin. They will discuss your specific treatment plan during your consultation.

How will it feel?

During ThreeForMe treatments most people feel only minimal discomfort. During the treatment you may feel some mild cooling as the laser is guided over the treatment area along with a slight sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band. After the treatment, you may experience some minor redness and swelling similar to a mild sunburn for a couple days.

How long does it take?

Treatments are quick and last about 30 minutes.

How long before I can resume normal activities?

Typically, you can resume regular daily activities the same day as your treatment although due to some redness and swelling you may experience a day or two of “social downtime”.

Is it safe?

ThreeForMe laser treatments are clinically proven to be safe and effective.

 

1. Experts, A. t. (2006). Why does skin wrinkle with age? How can you slow or prevent this process? Scientific American, 100.

2. Flament, F., Bazin, R., Laquieze, S., Rubert, V., Simonpietri, E., & Piot, B. (2013). Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of aging. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 221-232.

3. Cheryl Grace Myers. “Causes of Spider Veins on the Face”. Livestrong.com. 2013. http://www.livestrong.com/article/197714-causes-of-spider-veins-on-the-face/

4. “Men are Opting to Remove Spider Veins Over Replacing Hair”. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. 2008.http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/men-are-opting-to-remove-spider-veins-over-replacing-hair-56910642.html