Our Excel V Laser does an excellent job treating discolorations associated with spider veins and reticular veins. However, it’s important to understand the difference between these types of veins and varicose veins.
Spider veins are small and wispy. Genetics, hormones, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle can all contribute to the appearance of spider veins. They are usually less than a millimeter in diameter and are usually purple or red. Spider veins sometimes appear in clusters, which can sometimes resemble a bruise just beneath the skin. In general, patients do not report any pain or aching associated with spider veins.
Reticular veins are not much larger—perhaps 2 millimeters in diameter. These veins feed into spider veins and can also appear in clusters.
Varicose veins, however, are larger in diameter and usually look blue. They can also cause a bulge in the skin. Varicose veins usually appear when valves in the body are weakened or damaged. Everything from the natural aging process, hormones, pregnancy, genetics, obesity, and standing or sitting for long periods of time can all influence whether or not a person develops these veins. Varicose veins can sometimes cause aches and pains in and around the area they develop.
The specific wavelengths utilized by the Excel V Laser vein treatment are perfect for treating spider and reticular veins. During your consultation with Phases Skincare and Laser Center, we’ll address all of your areas of concern and determine which laser treatment is best for you. If you are concerned with any particular varicose veins, we can provide individualized recommendations on how to achieve your goals.