Treatment of Spider Veins
Spider veins anywhere on the body can be unsightly and difficult to hide.
At Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery we use the latest laser technology with the dual wavelength excel V™ laser to treat these bothersome blood vessels. Its longer wavelength targets larger blue vessels which tend to be deeper and harder to reach for older lasers. The shorter wavelength treats more superficial, bright-red vessels, which require higher energy to eliminate.
The real advantage of the excel V™, however, is a cold sapphire crystal on the laser head which is placed in contact with the skin. This greatly increases patient comfort compared to older methods. While it may take two or three treatments, we can generally clear at least 95 percent of visible spider veins for our patients.
Also Effective on Rosacea and Port Wine Stains
The laser genesis feature on excel V™ gives us a significant upgrade in our ability to treat the redness of rosacea, which is another common condition we see every day. It also can be effective against resistant port wine stains.
excel V™ at Work
excel V™ Frequently Asked Questions
How does excel V™ work?
By gently heating the upper dermis well below your skin’s surface, Laser Genesis™ stimulates collagen regrowth. Additional heat is generated in dilated capillaries to reduce redness.
How many treatments will I need?
For spider veins, two to three treatments can produce a reduction of 95% . For treatment of rosacea and port wine stains, three to six treatments are common. We also suggest you have one to two maintenance treatments a year.
What are the possible side effects?
Although most patients report few if any side effects, some may experience a slight redness or swelling of the skin or bruising. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult one of our surgeons for complete information about the benefits and risks of treatment.
Do excel V™ laser treatments hurt?
Most patients easily tolerate the warming or slight sting from the laser pulse on their skin. If you are in discomfort, we offer a topical anesthetic to numb the skin.
What kind of improvements can you expect with excel V™ laser treatment?
For spider veins, immediate results can be dramatic. Over the course of two the three treatments you may see most of disappear. Results for minimizing rosacea, freckles, and port wine stains are more subtle and require more treatments before you see noticeable improvements.