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Surface laser treatments

Laser treatments can effectively treat spider veins and smaller varicose veins. This technique sends very strong bursts of light through the skin onto the vein. This makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. Not all skin types and colors can be safely treated with lasers. No needles or incisions are used, but the heat from the laser can be quite painful. Cooling helps reduce the pain. Laser treatments last for 15 to 20 minutes. Generally, 2 to 5 treatments are needed to remove spider veins in the legs. Laser therapy usually isn’t effective for varicose veins larger than 3 mm (about a tenth of an inch). You can return to normal activity right after treatment.


Possible side effects of lasers include:


•Redness or swelling of the skin right after the treatment that disappears within a few days

•Discolored skin that will disappear within 1 to 2 months

•Burns and scars from poorly performed laser surgery, though this is rare

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