SPIDER VEIN REMOVAL
During laser/light therapy, a laser is applied to the spider veins. The laser transmits photons that are absorbed by the blood cells in the veins, which generates heat that destroys the blood vessel. The damaged vein shrinks and eventually dissolves over time.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:
- Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding.
- Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds or waxing for two weeks prior to the procedure.