With spring right around the corner and summer not too far behind, most people can’t wait to get outside. As the countdown to warmer weather ensues, some people are fine-tuning their diets to shed a few more pounds, while others are kicking their exercise programs into overdrive in the pursuit of bikini-worthy abs.
But even if you already have a killer physique and an amazing summer wardrobe in your closet, having unwanted leg veins can make you feel less excited about swimsuit, shorts, and sandal season.
Spider veins are more common than you may think — about half of all Americans live with some type of vein problem, whether it’s a bulging varicose vein or a network of smaller spider veins. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about them. Advances in laser technology make it possible to get rid of unsightly spider veins quickly and safely.
Here at Park Slope Laser Aesthetic Center in Brooklyn, New York City, we use one of the most advanced lasers available to remove unwanted spider veins in 30 minutes or less. Read on to find out how we can help you get the legs you want.
Why do I have spider veins?
Spider veins, which are so named for their web-like structure, are a milder form of varicose veins that occur much closer to the surface of your skin. Usually red or blue in appearance, spider veins form a visible network that may spread over a small or large area of skin.
Like varicose veins, spider veins commonly develop in the lower legs. Why does this happen? Your veins have a series of one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the right direction. If the valves become weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool, causing your veins to swell. Repeated pooling and swelling can lead to the formation of varicose veins or spider veins.
Standing for long stretches can cause spider vein formation, as can habitually sitting with your legs crossed. Other factors that can contribute to the development of spider veins include genetics, hormone changes, pregnancy, obesity, intense sun exposure, and injury.
How can laser therapy help?
Laser therapy is a safe, effective, and noninvasive way to treat unwanted spider veins. Although it’s sometimes referred to as laser surgery for spider veins, the treatment doesn’t involve any type of incision or anesthesia.
At Park Slope Laser Aesthetic Center, we strive to stay at the forefront of aesthetic medicine, and we’re proud to offer the most advanced lasers available. To remove spider veins as quickly, and comfortably as possible, we use the Elite+®, a high-powered, dual-wavelength system that delivers energy faster than comparable lasers.
The Elite+ laser uses a handheld device to direct intense pulses of laser energy into the unwanted veins, effectively sealing them shut. Over time, the veins collapse, your body absorbs them, and they disappear from the surface of your skin.
The Elite+ laser is safe to use on all skin types, and it effectively targets spider veins without affecting any of the surrounding tissues. The average treatment time is about 30 minutes, and you can resume your normal activities afterward with no downtime.
Some spider veins require more than one laser treatment to disappear fully. We can let you know what to expect after we assess your vein problem and discuss your aesthetic goals.
So what are you waiting for? You may be a 30-minute appointment away from vein-free legs. Come see us at Park Slope Laser Aesthetic Center in Brooklyn. Give us a call today or make an appointment using our convenient online booking tool.