Spider Vein Treatment

Treatment of Veins, vascular spots or small red or blue blood vessels involves a medical assessment to identify the underlying cause of the vessels.

At Ministry of Skin we are able to medically assess why you may have some visible vessels and identify the underlying cause to ensure you manage the problem correctly.

What are spider veins?

Veins, vascular spots or small red or blue blood vessels can appear anywhere on the body. However they are more commonly seen on the face and legs. They can be large or small and are due to a number of different reasons.

What causes spider veins?

Common cause of visible veins include but are not limited to:

How to get rid of spider veins

Treatment of the problem involves a medical assessment to identify the underlying cause of the vessels. If the underlying cause is not identified treatment can cause further damage or the problem can recur.

At MoS we most commonly treat any red vessels or lesions with our lasers. Laser uses a wavelength of light that is specifically attracted to the hemoglobin (red) in the vessel and its depth within the skin. We have a number of lasers that enable us to treat vessels of different sizes and colors and those at different skin depths. Other treatments we may use, or use in combination with laser, are active home skin care, prescription medication, SkinPen, Facials, LED light Therapy and Diathermy.


How is laser for spider vein removal performed?

The skin being treated will be cleansed. You will then be given some eye protection in the form of goggles or eye stickers. The laser will then be used to treat the areas of concern and produces a small zap to the skin. The laser uses a cooling system to reduce discomfort. This blows cold air onto the surface layer of skin to cool it. The procedure is relatively comfortable.

Spider Vein Removal FAQ

What to expect after your laser vein removal?

After the treatment the vessels being treated may be gone, turn purple in colour or may still be present. If gone the results should be permanent however they could gradually return over the next 2-3 weeks. If purple in colour they will fade and vanish over the following 2-3 weeks. If they are still present, the vessels may still resolve over the next 2-3 weeks, or they may need another treatment. The skin of the area treated may feel warm and be red for 1-3 days and some mild swelling may occur in some.

How many treatments are recommended?

Most require 2 treatments, but some require up to 5 for permanent resolution of the vessels. Each treatment is performed 4-6 weeks apart. The result is permanent.

However, vessels can continue to reform on the skin, especially in certain conditions such as rosacea or with sun exposure, pollution or the skin’s surface being uncompromised. Also, with age, certain red lesions such as Campbell de Morgan spots and telangiectasia can form due to simple genetics and, therefore, new lesions reappearing on the body may not be prevented. Often annual laser maintenance is required in those prone to vessel development. Combining the treatment with skincare and LEDs will expedite results and give better maintenance.

Who is the ideal candidate?

Anyone over 15 years of age with a red lesion of concern can be treated. For younger patients, the laser may be too painful or the room and noise of the machine can be frightening. Our Doctor will always check the lesion first and ensure laser is a suitable option.

Are there conditions that spider vein removal does not treat?

MoS can successfully remove most red lesions. However, to ensure optimal results we first recommend a medical assessment via a medical consultation to diagnose the concern, identify its cause and discuss and select the best treatment for you. Without this, treatment may be unsuccessful or the problem may recur.

Who cannot have spider vein treatment?

Laser treatments are generally safe and effective for most individuals; however, pregnant women or individuals who are breastfeeding are typically advised against undergoing laser treatment.

Additionally, individuals with certain skin conditions, such as active infections or open wounds in the treatment area, may need to postpone the procedure until their skin has healed completely.

You cannot have laser if you have a pacemaker fitted and some medications may mean you cannot have laser. Always ensure you are open with our therapists about what medications you take and your past medical history.

Are there any possible side effects?

While laser treatments are considered safe, some individuals may experience mild side effects following the procedure. Common side effects include temporary redness, swelling, and bruising at the treatment site, which typically subside within a few days to a week.

Can I have facial vein removal if I have had other cosmetic treatments or other laser treatments?

Vascular or vein removal using laser treatments can be safely performed on those who have previously undergone cosmetic treatments, there may just be a waiting period of 2-4 weeks either side of other treatments.

To ensure treatments are booked efficiently for optimal results we advise you discuss a treatment plan with your therapist, nurse or doctor.

Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

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