What is Laser Vein Removal?
Men and women can develop spider veins as they age and while some will not be an issue, many can become a cosmetic or medical concern. Spider veins are small, thin, twisted blood vessels that are seen through the skin as red, blue, or purple squiggly lines. They can appear alone or in clusters and are typically located on the face and lower body. Spider veins affect approximately 30 – 60% of adults and can continue to grow in numbers, darken, and become bothersome as time passes. At Snyder Dermatology in Austin, TX, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in vein removal and offer a number of treatments to successfully remove unwanted veins. We are proud to offer patients laser vein removal with the advanced Palomar 1064. The Palomar laser is one of the most effective lasers on the market, resulting in clear, vein-free appearing skin.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins that occur in the lower body, such as the legs, may be caused by a number of reasons, including genetics, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, injury, and trauma. Although for most people spider veins occurs in their legs, there are instances where fine veins in the face and nose area become enlarged and darker in color. For some, prominent facial veins are caused by rosacea. This condition is marked by numerous red spider veins in the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin, and is sometimes accompanied by acne breakouts. Chronic sun exposure can also cause spider veins, as well as bruising. In some people with chronic allergies and inherited predisposition to vein conditions, repetitive sneezing and coughing can lead to enlargement of veins around the nose and below the nostrils. Keep in mind that there may be primary and contributing factors to spider veins, and these factors may not contribute equally to the vein conditions in different individuals.
Patients who are good candidates for laser vein removal have visible veins on their body, which can be minimized or erased by laser vein therapy. Patients should be in good general health before the procedure and should tell their doctor if they have a history of blood clots or may be pregnant.
"I went in for a consultation for a scar I had from a procedure done last year. First off, the office is gorgeous with beautiful art pieces adorning the walls and a wonderful group of staff members that greet you with a warm welcome. I met with Dr. Foley who was kind and attentive as I told her about my nightmarish experience that I had at a med spa in California where I formerly resided. She listened to my concerns and recommended that I start with micro-needling to diminish the appearance of the scarring. This is when I was introduced to the esthetician Robin who was beyond outstanding and patient as she explained in detail each procedure and went over the cost details. I felt so comfortable that I decided to get my first micro-needling session with her on the very same day. I am so glad that I did because she was so gentle and checked in with me during the whole process to assure that I wasn’t uncomfortable or feeling any pain. Honestly, I felt that the micro-needling experience was quite pleasant and therapeutic in the hands and expertise of Robin. Thank you again Synder dermatology for a wonderful first time experience."- A.C. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2022
"I am so grateful to have found this office and the best Dermatologist. I see Dr Elizabeth Foley for my Rosacea. I had been through 3 different Dermatologist who had pretty much given up on me. I was determined to find someone that would help me look myself again.Dr Foley is an amazing doctor. Her bedside manner, the best. I finally felt like someone was listening and understood what I was going through. I can’t thank her enough. I highly recommend her to any/everyone."- R.C. / Yelp / Feb 17, 2022
"Visited their central Austin location. Very pleased with the treatment I received there and their wide range of services. Dr. Parker was very informative and made my experience pleasant."- G.L. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2022
"I can say that I’ve never been more happy to write a review as I type this!This is based on my recent experience with Dr. Foley for a dermatology appointment for skin & hair. Dr. Foley did 3 things well: Solutions-oriented, Education, & Bedside Manner.Solutions-oriented - I went to a previous "specialist" to get my hair and skin issue resolved. She prescribed me a bacterial medicine and said "There’s nothing we can do." I used the medicine for 3 months with no incremental impact. I decided to go with a second opinion and go to Dr. Foley. She assessed me and quickly came up with 4 solutions for my issues (injections, shampoo, gel, and pill) with the narrative "I like to attack the issue aggressively. And guess what? Dr. Foley’s solutions are working!!Education - Dr. Foley walked me through the science of my issues and how each of her 4 solutions would help resolve the issues. I enjoy knowing HOW things work and Dr. Foley’s expertise in dermatology was very clear - not to mention her ability to simplify her education into lay terms so you understand. When I shared my specialist experience, she said "You don’t have a bacterial issue. That diagnosis was wrong and I’m sorry that person led you in the wrong direction." This is the benefit of getting a second opinion of a true subject matter expert like Dr. Foley.Bedside Manner - First off, Dr. Foley is hilarious! If you like jokes/natural humor, it’s an added plus of seeing her. Throughout the injections, she was extremely patient and continued to check-in - which demonstrated an awareness to the patient experience (vs a simple doctoral transaction). Dr. Foley has me scheduled to come back next month to check on the impact of her recommendations. Not only am I going to be happy to show her the progress, I’m excited to laugh with her. Dr. Foley: Thank you for not only being good at what you do and helping to resolve my issues, but giving me hope again :)"- B.S. / Yelp / Jan 28, 2022
"I had my first appointment today, and it was a great first experience! I was seen on time, the appointment was upbeat and fun (which I didn’t expect), and I was out the door in no time. Dr. Foley and the staff were amazing. Glad that I decided to finally do something about my skin!"- R.L. / Yelp / Oct 04, 2021
During the Treatment
Before the treatment begins, our dermatologist will cover the patient’s eyes with protective eyewear. Once the patient is ready, the laser handpiece will be gently glided over the areas of the face and body that have visible blood vessels. The Palomar laser system applies multiple wavelengths of light that can are absorbed by the blood vessel, which destroy the spider vein for a smoother appearance to the skin.
What to Expect
Laser vein treatment may cause some temporary redness, bruising, and blistering to the treated skin, but this should disappear in 2 weeks – 2 months. Patients are advised to rest and avoid strenuous activity after their treatment, and patients should cover the treated areas or use other protection from any sun exposure. For best results, patients may need multiple treatments over the course of several months. For a faster recovery, patients may consider wearing support or compression stockings to help promote better blood circulation.
Plan Your Procedure
- 20-40 minutes
Treat Your Veins Today!
Thanks to advanced laser technology, our patients no longer have to cover up unattractive spider veins. Schedule a free consultation with one of our dermatologists where we can help you decide the best treatment for your spider veins.