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Laser Vein Treatments

Michael F. Gioscia, MD -  - Vascular Surgeon

Vein Institute of Westchester

Michael F. Gioscia, MD

Vascular Surgeon & Vein Specialist located in White Plains, NY

When it comes to getting rid of unwanted problem veins, laser vein treatments do the trick and yield impressive results. At Vein Institute of Westchester, in White Plains, NY expert vascular surgeon and vein specialist Michael F. Gioscia, MD, provides minimally invasive laser and other technologies to treat both l varicose veins and cosmetic spider veins. Find out how you can zap away your cosmetic concerns and call Vein Institute of Westchester or book online today.

Laser Vein Treatments Q & A

What causes unwanted visible veins?

Several factors can play a role in the development of unwanted visible veins, including: 

  • Weight fluctuation
  • Hormonal fluctuation
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetics

Activities or jobs that require prolonged sitting or standing can also heighten the risk of developing these veins.

You might have small clusters of red, purple, or blue veins visible just under your skin that typically show up on the thighs, ankles, calves, cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.

These small spider veins don’t come along with any painful symptoms, but they can become a cosmetic problem for some people.

How does laser vein removal work?

Laser treatments are specially designed to target and eliminate your unwanted visible spider veins without damaging your outer layers of skin.

Laser vein treatments deliver several short pulses of precise and controlled laser energy directly over your unwanted vein. This laser energy travels through the surface of your skin and the blue or red pigment of your blood vessel absorbs it, causing the vessel to heat up.

This heat melts the walls of the vein, causing the vein to break down and collapse. Your body eliminates the collapsed vein through your natural lymphatic system. Laser vein removal treatment is also a great option for removing smaller veins.

Removing these veins isn’t harmful since they are superficial and not needed for circulation.

What can I expect during laser vein treatment?

Before your laser vein treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 10 days and remove as much hair as possible from the target area. This helps deter darkened skin from forming, which makes the treatment less effective and the veins more difficult to find. 

Laser vein treatments usually take about 30 minutes and don’t require an anesthetic. A constant cooling mechanism cools your skin and has a numbing effect for your safety and to make the treatment more comfortable.

As soon as your treatment is complete, you can leave the office. You can use an ice pack to cool the treated area, if necessary.

For optimal results, 1-2 treatments are usually needed. Following your treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, and you can also try elevating your legs for a couple of days.

During your personal consultation, Dr. Gioscia gives you valuable information on how the laser treatment works and what you can expect.

Vein Institute of Westchester provides exceptional laser technologies for vein removal, such as the Cutera® laser systems. 

If you have questions about laser vein treatment, and you’d like to zap away your problem veins, call Vein Institute of Westchester or schedule via the web.