Each year millions of women and men seek treatment for unsightly spider veins and painful varicose veins. Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are those small, red, blue or purple blood vessels that appear most frequently on the face and thighs.
IPL Spider Vein Therapy
Today’s new pulsed light sources provide safe and effective, non-surgical treatment options for the removal of spider veins. Advanced IPL leg vein treatments are performed by our practitioners for client from Lynnfield, Wakefield, Peabody, Reading and Andover to treat each vein, with minimal risk to the skin. During your treatment, light energy is delivered through a special handpiece with filters to the targeted vein, in a series of short and/or long pulses. The light energy is absorbed by the blood vessels. This heat absorption causes a thermocoagulation (clogging) of the blood vessel, and a gradual absorption by the body.
Will IPL Spider Vein Therapy work on my veins?
Prior to treatment our practitioner will review your medical history to determine how long you have had a problem with your veins and the severity of the problem. We need to determine your skin type and if there has been any prior surgery.
What are IPL Spider Vein treatments like?
First we identify the spider veins to be treated. The larger veins are usually treated first. Using a delicate handpiece fitted with special filters, we apply intense pulsed light energy to the vein. Light therapy targets the blood pigments, causing the blood within the vein to coagulate and close down the vein. Most light therapy clients report little, if any, discomfort. Some experience a transient, mild burning sensation when we pulse the light source.
How many IPL Spider Vein treatments will I need?
Significant improvement is realized in most cases with 2 – 3 treatments. The potential for maximum long-term resolution increases after an additional one or two treatments. However, new veins may occur and additional treatments are generally required for optimum results. These treatments may be in three to four week intervals.
What is recovery like from IPL Spider Vein treatments?
After our practitioner performs your IPL leg spider vein treatment, you may be asked to wear special support hose to help keep pressure on the veins. This will help to keep the veins closed. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. Blistering and scabbing are unusual. A tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks when larger veins are involved. While each vein may require several pulses, most disappear in 2 – 6 weeks. Keys to success with light leg vein therapy include the short-term use of compression stockings, and the avoidance of hot baths and strenuous exercise.
You are generally encouraged to resume most normal activities immediately. We do ask that you refrain from vigorous activities for the first 24 hours. Although your final results may not be apparent for several months, most of our clients enjoy the comfort and the look of their legs without unsightly red and blue lines.