Laser Vein Treatment

Janet R. Schwartz, MD -  - Women's Medicine Physician

Janet R. Schwartz, MD

Women's Medicine Physician located in La Jolla, CA

Many women have visible varicose and spider veins that are aesthetically unappealing and can make them feel self conscious. Dr. Janet Schwartz offers laser vein treatment that makes these veins minimize or disappear. Contact Dr. Schwartz's office in La Jolla, California today to make an appointment or to learn more.

Laser Vein Treatment Q & A

What causes varicose and spider veins?

Varicose veins typically appear on the legs. They’re dilated small blood vessels that can look like red or purple squiggly lines. Spider veins are thin, wiry, and reddish or purple in color. They can appear on the legs, trunk, or face.

You may develop either type of vein due to:

  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and menopause

There is no way to prevent varicose and spider veins. Even if you have successful treatment of existing veins, it’s no guarantee you won’t need repeat treatments if new ones appear.

How do lasers treat varicose and spider veins?

Dr. Schwartz uses the Cutera YAG laser to treat varicose and spider veins. It uses heat energy to selectively damage, and then destroy, offending veins.

What are the benefits of using a laser to treat veins?

A laser is a noninvasive treatment that requires no needles or incisions. The laser energy is directed to the outside of your skin. Recovery from laser treatment is short and downtime is not necessary.

Most women need more than one laser session to achieve the desired results. Dr. Schwartz creates a customized treatment plan for you.

How does laser treatment work?

The YAG laser penetrates below the skin, targeting the superficial blood vessel. The laser’s heat coagulates the blood inside the offending vessel, so it collapses and seals. The treated veins eventually disappear and the blood redirects to other healthy veins.

The results of laser vein treatment are not immediately visible. It may take two to six weeks for the veins to fade and disappear completely.

Does laser vein treatment hurt?

The sensation during a session is like that of a small rubber band hitting the skin. As the laser penetrates your skin, you may feel heat and tingling. The laser does feature a cooling system that prevents any burns or damage to your skin.

Who is a candidate for laser vein therapy?

Dr. Schwartz consults with you prior to laser therapy. She performs an exam to see if your varicose and spider veins will respond well to laser treatment. Laser therapy is usually most successful on spider veins, smaller varicose veins, and the blue veins under your skin (reticular veins).