Feel Confident in Your Skin
Two of the most common and confidence-shaking conditions we see at our CaTara Medical Spa in Chicago are spider veins and varicose veins. These skin conditions may cause you to be reluctant to dress in a way that exposes the skin with these visible veins present. Luckily, these easily treatable conditions aren’t ones that have to continue to hamper your self-esteem.
Spider veins and varicose veins are often considered the same thing, but there are actually a few distinct differences between the two. Spider veins appear on the surface of your skin.
They are small, and typically pink, purple, or red in color. Varicose veins are still visible on the surface of your skin, but are actually a little deeper than spider veins. Varicose veins are green or blue in color. Both conditions are easily treated with little recovery needed thanks to laser vein removal treatment.
Laser Vein Removal in Chicago
What it Treats
Spider veins (Telangiectasia)
Male or female
20 or older
Recovery & Downtime
Recovery can vary from person to person, but there is generally no need for downtime. You will likely be sore and may experience some bruising, but this is unlikely to prevent you from returning to normal activity after your treatment in Chicago.
Why Try Laser Vein Removal in Chicago?
Increase Your Confidence
Wear what you want with confidence as you won’t be worrying about the appearance of varicose and/or spider veins.
After particular varicose and/or spider veins are treated the results are permanent.
Improvement in Overall Skin Complexion
Not only are the unsightly veins removed but so are the defective valves. This results in decreased redness of the skin, resulting in a better skin complexion.
The Laser Vein Removal Process
What to Expect
Before your laser vein removal at CaTara Medical Spa in Chicago, you will meet with a member of our team for a consultation to discuss your individual situation. We will go over any concerns you may have and share all relevant information you should be aware of before scheduling your treatment.
Laser Vein Removal Treatment
First, we apply a handheld laser against the skin to cover the targeted vein. This handpiece delivers light that penetrates through the skin and into the blood inside the vein. The skin around the vein will be unaffected. As the blood absorbs the energy from the laser, the vein will begin to heat, causing the vessel’s lining to constrict and fade away from the surface of the skin and out of view. This leaves the skin clear and looking as if the veins were never visible!
After your laser vein removal treatment in Chicago, we will discuss any follow-up or post-care instructions you need to be aware of. In the case of larger veins or additional treatment areas, an additional appointment may be required to fully eliminate visibility.
- Stay well hydrated in the days leading up to your appointment.
- Take any recommended medications you were advised to take.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Bring compression socks.
- Refrain from taking aspirin and blood thinners a few days prior to appointment.
- Cool (not frozen) packs can be used to ease any discomfort to the treated area.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and activity if the treatment area is sore.
- Use sunscreen if the treatment area will be exposed to sunlight
- If the skin is broken on the treatment area keep are covered in a bandage
Unless otherwise directed by your provider, you may return to normal activity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?
"Spider" and "varicose" are terms that often get intermingled, but they are actually two different types of vein. Spider veins are found on the skin’s surface. Varicose veins are actually larger and found below the surface of the skin. The two are often confused because they have similar symptoms. Both can cause burning, itching, throbbing, and stinging.
Do veins visibly return after treatment?
In 95% of patients, veins do not visibly return after successful laser vein treatment.
How long does it take to heal after laser vein treatment?
In most cases, you can return to normal activity after treatment. You should avoid strenuous activity for 3 to 5 days to allow legs to heal. In some cases, mild discomfort can take about 4 weeks to fully resolve.
Who is a candidate for laser vein removal?
The majority of people experiencing visible veins of pink, purple, red, blue, or green color are candidates for treatment. We can determine if our treatment is a good fit for you during a personal consultation with a member of our team.
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