About Laser Vein Removal
Typically found on the face and legs, spider veins are small, branching blood vessels that are visible through the skin. Caused by many factors like age and genetics, spider veins can be red, blue, and purple in color, which makes them difficult to hide. Since these veins usually get worse over time and lead to stronger visibility, it's often wise to seek treatment as soon as they first appear, if possible. To minimize the look of veins on the face and body, Urbaniak Plastic Surgery offers noninvasive laser vein removal sessions for Largo, FL women and men who would like a clearer complexion. To perform this procedure, we utilize the advanced Cutera XEO Vein Therapy laser. During your private consultation, board-certified physician Ginger L. Urbaniak, M.D. will develop a personalized plan based on your unique needs and goals for your laser vein treatment.
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Laser vein removal treatments at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery can reduce the visibility of small to medium-sized blood vessels that are present throughout the face and body. Popularly known as spider veins or broken capillaries, these blood vessels are not usually a medical problem but are often considered unwanted by those who have them. Many people tend to avoid certain clothing (like shorts and swimsuits) or use a large amount of cosmetics to try to mask these veins. Laser vein reduction is great for patients who are in good overall health, do not have a history of blood clots, and are not pregnant.
Nonsurgical vein reduction treatments are done in our office in about 20 – 40 minutes, depending on the size and number of areas treated, and are performed with the XEO Vein Therapy laser by Cutera. During your procedure, you will lay comfortably in a private treatment room as the intended treatment area is prepared. If requested, a topical anesthetic can be applied before your session to minimize any potential discomfort. The laser is then passed over the area so the energy can target the veins through a series of pulses that don't affect the nearby skin. The blood vessel takes in the laser energy, which collapses the wall of the vessel. You will be able to leave our office as soon as you feel comfortable to resume your normal daily activities. One of the many benefits of this procedure is that there is no downtime necessary.
What to Expect
Following your laser vein removal treatment, you may have bruising, swelling, and redness in the treated areas, but these symptoms should disappear in about 7 – 10 days. For quicker healing, support or compression garments can be worn to increase blood circulation. It's important to avoid prolonged sun exposure. You should also apply sunscreen frequently to areas that have been treated to prevent any potential damage from occurring. Several patients see visible improvements quickly, but the timing of results will vary for each patient. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ginger Urbaniak, realistic expectations will be discussed along with recommendations regarding how many sessions are needed to reach your best results. Other spider veins will probably appear over time, so touch-up sessions may be needed every few years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser vein removal cost?
A laser vein removal treatment is priced based on how many veins are being treated and how many sessions are recommended for optimal results. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your veins (their size and location) to create your treatment plan and establish a cost. Urbaniak Plastic Surgery offers multiple payment options, and we frequently offer specials on treatments like laser vein removal. Our office also has our own exclusive Diamond Membership program that all patients are welcome to join. Some benefits of this membership include receiving deals and discounts on a range of laser treatments, injectables, HydraFacials, skin care products, and more.
Does the vein go away?
Laser vein removal treats the vein with a focused beam of light that heats up the lesion and destroys it. The XEO Vein Therapy laser is very precise and is highly focused on the target area, so it will not affect the nearby skin. When the vein collapses, it takes about 4 – 6 weeks for it to be reabsorbed by the body and disappear.
Where can laser vein removal be used?
Visible veins may be found on the face, upper thighs, back of the legs, and around the ankles. In most areas of the face and body, laser vein removal can be a good treatment option. Our advanced laser precisely targets the selected vein, so the surrounding skin and tissue is generally unaffected.
Is laser vein removal painful?
Prior to your treatment session, we usually can apply a numbing cream on the skin at the treated area. Most patients report feeling a mild snap or tingling sensation as the laser focuses on the vein. Most lasers on the market, including the XEO Vein Therapy laser, have a built-in feature that provides a cooling effect as the technology targets the lesion. This reduces discomfort and prevents the laser from getting too hot, which could result in a burn or additional damage to your skin.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $350
Remove Spider Veins
Rather than concealing or covering unattractive spider veins throughout your body and face, consider nonsurgical laser vein removal treatments at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery in Largo, FL to improve the appearance of your skin. During your private consultation, board-certified physician Dr. Ginger Urbaniak can assess your skin and develop a custom treatment plan to best address your concerns and meet your goals. If you live in or near the greater Clearwater, FL area, don't hesitate to to contact our office to learn more about laser vein therapy with the innovative XEO Vein Therapy laser by Cutera.