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 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.