Spider Veins

What are spider veins?

Millions of women and men are troubled by unattractive spider veins on their faces and legs. Spider veins are called as such because they resemble a “star” with numerous small veins radiating from a center point. They may also appear as fine, separate lines, a web-like maze, or as “branches” from a single “tree trunk.” It is estimated that more than 75% of females over the age of 18 have spider veins. These red, blue or purple thread-like lines may develop on any part of the body, including the face, but most often appear on the thighs, calves, or buttocks. The condition is associated with increased pressure to the veins.

Thermocoagulation Spider Vein Treatment

Thermocoagulation is a minimally invasive technique used in the treatment of specific types of veins on the face or legs. Most patients find the treatment to be quick, with minimal discomfort. Thermocoagulation is used for spider veins that are too small for sclerotherapy or to be removed surgically, and veins that are resistant to intense pulse light (IPL) treatment. The technician will consult with you and review the pre-treatment procedures. Usually, a small area is tested before a treatment is performed. This is to see the patients’ skin reaction. After two weeks, the technician will perform the full session if no adverse reaction is observed. The YAG laser is placed a few centimeters above the unsightly vein, and a microburst of high energy heats the vein, causing it to collapse. Thermocoagulation can take 15 minutes to one hour. Multiple treatments may be needed to fully achieve desired results.

Thermocoagulation FAQs

Who should have thermocoagulation?

Many people with fine spider veins, fine telangiectasia, small angiomas, and veins that are resistant to sclerotherapy or IPL treatment on their face or legs can be treated with thermocoagulation.

This treatment works best on spider veins that are 0.3mm and smaller in diameter. For reference, a human hair averages about 0.1mm. It is not designed to treat larger veins deep beneath the skin.

You are not a good candidate for thermo coagulation if you have a pacemaker or similar cardiac (heart) device; have a history or present diagnosis of epilepsy (seizures); are pregnant; have used instant tanning or self-tanning products within the last 7 days; and/or have an allergy to metal, especially nickel.
What can I expect after treatment?

Results are seen immediately, with continuous improvement over several weeks to two months. Micro-abrasions, swelling and redness may be noticed immediately after treatment. The skin may feel sensitive for a few days, and harsh chemicals should be avoided on the treated area. The use of aloe vera or aqua-gel can relieve discomfort. It is also important to remember to not scratch the area. Treated veins generally will not return. However, new veins may develop over time, so “touch ups” are recommended.
What are risks and side effects of thermocoagulation treatment?

As with any medical treatment, there are certain risks and side effects associated with thermocoagulation. Very rarely, pitting scarring may occur.