Spider Veins

Spider Veins services offered in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA

Spider veins are almost always harmless, but they can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. At Lehigh Valley Weight Loss, John Scaffidi, MD, FABOM, FACOG in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, can make these veins disappear with simple but effective treatments, including laser therapy and photorejuvenation. Laser therapy zaps spider veins, so they fade in just one to two visits. Photorejuvenation erases them. Call the office or schedule using the online booking tool and find out if laser spider vein treatment is for you.

Spider Veins Q&A

What are spider veins?

Spider veins (telangiectasia) are dilated small blood vessels (capillaries) on the skin resembling spider legs. Usually red in color, spider veins may look like tree branches or a spider’s web.

Spider veins can be caused by heredity, obesity, trauma, and fluctuations in hormone levels. They can occur anywhere on the body and are common in pregnant women.

What treatments are available for spider veins?

Dr. Scaffidi offers various treatments for spider veins, including laser therapy and photorejuvenation.

Laser therapy directs a specific level of heat energy to the spider-like marks on your legs, penetrating the outer layer of skin to target the veins beneath. The laser causes the spider veins to dissolve, but you won’t experience any damage to the outer layer of your skin.

Photorejuvenation utilizes a comfortable, quick, intense pulsed light (IPL) system to gently erase pigmented areas, such as spider veins.

Why should I have spider veins treated?

Spider veins can make you feel self-conscious, especially if they’re in noticeable areas. Spider veins may not cause discomfort, but they can sometimes swell and make your legs feel heavy. You may be tired of covering up and avoiding shorts or swimsuits due to the appearance of veins or trying to cover facial veins with makeup.

Unlike surgical or injection therapy for veins, laser vein therapy is noninvasive and requires minimal recovery time. The procedure is also ideal for all skin types.

Does spider vein treatment cause side effects?

You may have some slight redness or swelling following spider vein treatment, but these side effects resolve in a day or two. You should avoid hot baths, hot showers, and high-intensity exercise for about two weeks following treatment. Regular daily activities, such as work and chores, can be resumed right after a session.

Does spider vein treatment hurt?

Spider vein treatment doesn’t hurt, but you might feel some mild discomfort during treatment— like a rubber band snapping against your skin. You won’t have any lingering pain after treatment.

How many spider vein treatments will I need?

Results are evident after just one treatment, but most people see optimal results after several sessions. You’ll notice the veins completely fade three-to-four weeks following the procedure. Each session lasts thirty minutes or less, depending on the extent of your treatment.

You don’t have to live with visible spider veins on your face or legs. Call the Lehigh Valley Weight Loss office or schedule a consultation online today.