Spider Vein Removal FAQ

Before and immediately after spider vein removal on nose

Spider veins are very unsightly on the face, interfering with the appearance of clear and bright skin,  and can be simply removed with laser.

Spider veins on the face, are also commonly called telangiectasia or broken capillaries.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about spider veins

 

Which laser/device is best for treating spider veins?

There are a number of devices which are good for removing spider veins.

The best include those with the following wavelengths

  • 532 (KTP)
  • 577
  • pulsed dye 595 (Vbeam).

An IPL/BBL at vascular settings can also be used

 

Is it painful?

We have several devices for capillary removal on the face, and on those with a small spot size, the pain is minimal.

 

How does it work?

The wavelength of the laser is attracted to the red of the haemoglobin and passes through the skin and shuts down the spider veins.

 

How many treatments are required?

The patient should expect 1-3 treatments to be required

 

What is the cost of spider vein removal?

This depends on the area treated. Please see our pricing page for laser pricing

 

Is there much downtime associated with the treatment?

There will be redness and a small amount of swelling immediately afterwards. See the image above to see how much redness is typical immediately after treatment.

The redness may last for a few days.

 

How long do the treatment results last?

Most patients with spider veins on their face will need yearly maintenance treatments. The results are permanent, but patients who are predisposed to facial capillaries will always develop new ones over time, and it is best to keep on top of these with yearly maintenance treatments.

 

What is the satisfaction rate for the laser treatment?

Very high. There are rare cases where the vessels are difficult to remove.

 

What are the risks of the procedure?

The risks /side effects are very low with a good piece of equipment and an experienced operator. There may be redness, swelling or bruising. Blisters are uncommon but may occur. Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation is a possibility in those who are predisposed to it. The doctor will take this into consideration when planning the treatment and aftercare.

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