Removal of Leg Spider Veins at Cosmo Laser
At Cosmo Laser, we offer laser treatment for the removal of leg spider veins. A significant portion of the Danish population deals with leg spider veins, but fortunately, they can be eliminated.
Read everything you need to know about the treatment here:
#1 In Brief
At Cosmo Laser, leg spider veins are treated with ND:YAG from Candela GentlePro. Leg spider veins can result from various factors. They can be a part of the aging process, but they can also be accelerated by sun exposure, tanning beds, pregnancy, and certain skin conditions. Certain types of medications can also be contributing factors.
During treatment for leg spider veins, the laser's light will target the vessels' hemoglobin (the red color in blood), causing it to coagulate. The damaged vessel must then be removed by your own immune system.
#2 Before Treatment
If you suspect that you have varicose veins, it is a requirement that you have this evaluated by a doctor before your first treatment. In the case of varicose veins, these should be treated first, as there is an increased risk of new leg spider veins occurring despite optimal laser treatment.
A prerequisite for achieving the best result is that the skin is as pale as possible. Therefore, self-tanning products should not be used for 2 weeks before the treatment, and the treatment area should not be exposed to UV rays (sunlight and tanning beds) for 4 weeks before the treatment.
Avoid taking blood-thinning preparations such as fish oil, Treo, Ipren, Kodimagnyl, and similar medications for a week before the treatment, as this may result in a poorer outcome. The discontinuation of strong blood-thinning agents like heart aspirin should be done in consultation with your own doctor.
The treatment area should be intact, without infections, wounds, or irritation. It is also recommended to ensure that the skin is well-maintained before starting the treatment. Well-maintained skin responds better to the treatment and can recover more quickly. Failure to adhere to these precautions may result in the treatment being canceled or postponed. In cases where we assess an increased risk of side effects, we reserve the right to charge a fee of DKK 500 if you are sent home and the appointment is canceled later than 24 hours before the treatment. This also applies to no-shows or cancellations made later than 24 hours before the treatment. According to cosmetic treatment regulations, the treated area must be photographed before the treatment can begin.
#3 During Treatment
The skin is cleansed. During the treatment, you will feel warmth in the skin, and there will be sharp flashes of light. Your eyes will be protected by special eye pads and will not be affected by the light. The laser uses a cooling liquid during treatment to reduce discomfort. In certain areas, the treatment may be slightly uncomfortable, but most people describe it as a warm "tingling" sensation on the skin.
#4 After Treatment
After the treatment, the skin will feel warm, and there may be slight discomfort in the treated area, which can last for a few hours. Additionally, the skin may appear red, and there may be mild swelling. Cooling of the skin is necessary, so after the treatment, you will receive ice packs to cool the treatment area, along with an extra one that you can use and reuse at home by refreezing it when it thaws.
The laser's light is absorbed into the blood, causing the blood to clot, and the vessel to be destroyed. Subsequently, your own immune system needs to remove the damaged blood vessel. You may experience a slight rough sensation over the treated vessels and a mild discoloration of the skin, which, in some cases, may not disappear until months later.
Creams can be used immediately after the treatment, but avoid strenuous physical activity for 2-3 days, as this can exert unnecessary pressure on the vessels and affect the treatment results. Using compression stockings in the first week after treatment can be beneficial. It is essential that the skin in the treatment area is not exposed to the sun for 4 weeks after the treatment, and it is recommended to use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50.
#5 Number of Treatments and Expectations
The number of treatments is assessed individually. Typically, 3-6 treatments with 4-8 weeks between sessions are recommended for a good result. We find that some vessels may not respond to treatment. If you do not respond to the treatments, unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund.
#6 Side Effects and Risks
In rare cases, burns may occur, resulting in small fluid-filled blisters, sores, light or dark skin discoloration, and scar formation. These burns can occur for various reasons, but typically due to sun exposure. In most cases, burns are mild and heal without scarring. If burns or unexpected reactions occur, it is advisable to immediately contact the clinic and speak with a doctor or nurse.
The following are reasons why you cannot be approved for the treatment:
- History of skin or melanoma cancer
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Some types of prescription medication for acne
- Known tendency to form keloid scars
- Anticoagulation treatment (blood-thinning treatment)
- Untreated epilepsy
- Swollen legs
According to cosmetic treatment regulations, you can provide consent for treatment once verbal information has been provided.
A companion is always welcome to be present during consultation and treatment. We are always available to assist with any further questions.