Reticular veins, Telangiectasias (or spider veins as they are also known), as well as redness are a very common concern for both men and women, especially in the summer time. Raised, visible veins commonly appear on the legs but can also present on the face, chest, neck and hands. The difference between reticular and spider veins are the color and size. Reticular veins are a dilated segment of a vein that has a bluish color. This most frequently occurs on the legs and it is due to a valvule (small valve) competence problem which leads to higher localized pressure and posterior dilation of that segment of the vein. It is most common on the posterior knee, lateral legs and calfs.
Telangiectasis, or spider veins, are small dilated blood vessels that can occur near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes face around the nose, cheeks and chin and sometimes the legs (thighs, inner knee, anterior leg). They are usually reddish in color. This redness can also be related to vessel dilation which is more common on the face, neck and chest.
Our team believes that the treatment of leg veins is best treated with esclerosis, but in some specific cases should be combined with YAG laser. The facial vessels are better treated with YAG lasers.
The treatment of leg veins or facial vessels is a very safe procedure. Our team believes that the legs should not be treated in parts but the whole leg in the same session to improve the efficacy and precision of the procedure. The leg treatment requires no downtime. The face, neck and chest requires 1 day recovery to allow the redness to reduce from the laser procedure. Our team do not recommend any specific preparation but do suggest no impact sports for 1 week after leg treatment and full sun protection after any vessel treatment. The procedure may require multiple sessions (1-5 sessions depending on area and severity). Leg treatment should not be combined with any other procedure but the face, neck and chest treatment can be combined with: IPL/Laser and superficial peeling.