VariLite Laser Therapy for Spider Telangiectasia

Telangiectasias, also known as spider veins, are broken and dilated blood vessels that look become noticeable as small red, blue, or purple veins, most commonly occurring on the cheeks, nose, or chin. While they are typically not dangerous, most people seek ways to get rid of spider veins, and Varilite lasers provide a safe, effective, non-invasive alternative to traditional treatments of them. By emitting an intense beam of light to specifically targeted blood vessels without harming the surrounding healthy tissue, this laser treatment generates heat to destroy the unwanted blood vessel, which is later reabsorbed by the body.

Specific treatments
The Varilite laser is especially effective at treating small areas and single vessels, so it is an excellent treatment choice for anyone with unsightly facial spider veins. Patients will need to consult with their physicians determine the best course of treatment.

Treatments and Procedure
Most patients achieve desired results after just one or two treatments, but the frequency of necessary treatments will depend on factors such as the number, color, depth, and size of the vessels that need to be treated.

Little discomfort is caused by the procedure, so no anesthetic is required, although some patients prefer to have a topical anesthetic or cooling gel applied before treatment begins. During the procedure, which typically lasts 10-15 minute, the physician will use a pen-like handpiece to direct the laser light to the specific treatment areas, where patients sometimes report experiencing a slight, brief stinging sensation.

Recovery care is minimal. Occasionally, mild redness may occur after a treatment but will fade within a few hours. Patients may be given an anti-bacterial ointment to use on the treated area and are usually advised to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, but otherwise, most patients can resume normal activities immediately following a procedure.

Most patients observe full treatment results 10 to 14 days following treatment. While new veins may possibly appear over time, these can also be removed with further treatments.

American Board of Dermatology
Castle Connoly Top Doctors
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Academy of Dermatology
American Academy of Dermatology