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Am I A Candidate for Laser Vein Treatment?

spider veins before and after Wheaton laser vein treatmentWe’re so excited to announce the introduction of laser vein therapy to our practice. And if you’re feeling similarly enthused, you’re probably wondering whether you’re a candidate. Fortunately, laser vein treatment is appropriate for a wide range of patient needs and skin types. There are a few qualifiers, of course – and we’ve put together a quick guide below. If you’re ready to meet with a professional, just schedule a consultation to meet with our staff.

February is the perfect time to treat visible veins – we’re running a social media contest that gives you the chance to win a free treatment session. It’s simple to enter – just like our contest post and follow us on one of our social platforms:

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Be sure to enter before March 1, and we’ll notify you after we randomly select a winner! Good luck!

Good Candidates for Laser Vein Therapy

If you’re experiencing aesthetic concerns like the ones listed below, laser vein therapy could help:

  • Spider veins or telangiectasias – Pink, purple or red veins that are small and superficial
  • Feeder veins or reticular veins – Blue or greenish veins that are slightly deeper but still near the skin’s surface
  • Visible veins on the face or legs
  • Rosacea
  • Angiomas
  • Port Wine Stains
  • Poikiloderma
  • Venous Lakes

What to Do Before Laser Treatment

If you have had recent sun exposure, we may need to adjust your treatment settings. Try to avoid sun before your treatment session, and cover the area of your skin with visible veins. Sun exposure can increase melanin in the skin and disrupt treatment. It’s also important to avoid self-tanners for the month prior to treatment.

When to Consider other Treatment Options

The biggest factor here is whether your veins are bulging. Varicose veins should not be treated with a laser, and will require sclerotherapy or other surgical options. If your veins are bulging or twisting and on a lower extremity (like the legs), this is typically due to increased pressure within the veins. Laser treatment will not resolve the problem.

Other factors that may disqualify you include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Skin cancer
  • Taking a blood thinner
  • Taking Accutane
  • Undergoing Gold Therapy (this can cause discoloration)
  • Taking photosensitizing drugs
  • Having vitiligo, herpes, or diabetes
  • Tattoos or permanent makeup in the treatment area

Don’t rule laser vein therapy out until you’ve spoken with an expert – schedule your consult today.