Why do we get spider and varicose veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins are formed for a number of reasons. The most common reason for their appearance is due to weak or damaged valves in the veins. Other factors that may increase the risk of varicose and spider veins are hormonal changes, sun exposure, genetic predisposition, obesity and prolonged periods of standing or sitting.

Regular exercise can help improve leg circulation and strength but there isn’t much you can do to diminish the appearance of veins naturally once formed. Fortunately in recent years, light therapy has become the go-to for safe laser vein reduction.

Your solution for diminishing veins

The Cutera Proglide uses pulsed light therapy to reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins.

During treatment, the Proglide wand gently glides over the skin to target veins in the selected treatment area. It is normal for patients to experience mild pinching while the laser sweeps the targeted body area.

This pinching sensation is the laser targeting the blood in the blood vessel and causing it to coagulate. The targeted vein collapses as a result. Once the blood vessel is destroyed, the body repairs the surrounding area and reabsorbs the coagulated blood vessel.

Patients might experience mild bruising in the treated area following their appointment, which may last a few weeks as the area heals. Thanks to its innovative light therapy technology, however, individuals can immediately go back to their regular routines following treatment and not have to endure any downtime.

This non invasive treatment is quick, efficient and a great alternative to other more expensive and invasive laser vein reduction options. Most individuals will start to notice a difference 2-6 weeks following laser therapy. For particularly large veins, a series of treatments might be necessary in order to achieve optimal results.