Varicose Vein and Spider Vein Removal Treatment in San Diego

Living in San Diego means your legs are on display year round. If you’re embarrassed by varicose veins or spider veins, there isn’t much of an opportunity to hide behind layers – even in winter. If you’re tired of disguising problem veins with waterproof concealer and body foundation, it might be time to erase those unsightly squiggles for good with laser vein removal treatment. At Siti Med Spa, we offer the newest technology in varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment to give you the smooth, sexy, beach-ready legs you’ve always wanted.

What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins can quickly crush your confidence in a bikini. You know they’re ugly, but what are they exactly? Varicose veins are enlarged and look like a telephone cord twisting and bulging above the surface of your skin. They can appear red, blue, or flesh colored, and they typically appear on the insides of the legs, thighs, and backs of the calves. In some cases, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. For others, they’re more of a cosmetic concern. 

Spider veins, on the other hand, are thin, wispy, web-like veins usually less than a millimeter in diameter. While they don’t bulge above the surface of the skin, they are noticeable and often materialize in clusters, which can look like bruises. Spider veins typically show up behind the knees and can also appear on the face. They’re often hereditary, but spider veins may emerge due to pregnancy, menopause, the use of birth control pills, and long periods of sitting or standing.

Cutera CoolGlide® Laser for Vein Removal 

Traditional methods for treating unwanted veins involved painful sclerotherapy injections and surgical stripping procedures. Fortunately, vein removal has come a long way in recent years. With a unique design, advanced laser technology, and a longer wavelength than older models, the Cutera CoolGlide® laser provides a quick, safe, non-surgical alternative to problem vein treatment with minimal discomfort and long lasting results.  

How does it work?

The Cutera CoolGlide® laser generates an intense pulse of light, which is directed through a cooled handpiece and gently held against your skin in the target area. The laser energy is absorbed by pigment in the blood, causing it to coagulate and eventually destroying the vessel. The body reabsorbs the damaged varicose vein or spider vein, and blood flow is redirected to deeper, healthier veins where it belongs.

To prevent skin damage and discomfort, cooling pads are applied immediately before and after treatment. The Cutera CoolGlide® laser can be used virtually anywhere on the body for varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment with no anesthesia or pain medication. Patients can resume most daily activities right away, though we recommend avoiding vigorous activity for the first 24 hours. The number of Cutera CoolGlide® laser treatments necessary depends on the depth, color, and size of each vein. However, most patients require three to four sessions for varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment on the legs.

Varicose Vein and Spider Vein FAQs

What causes varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins most often occur due to weakened valves, which allow blood to flow backwards into the leg. This increases pressure on the veins, causing them to dilate and protrude above the surface of your skin. Spider veins can also be caused by pressure in the veins, but are most often hereditary.

Do Cutera CoolGlide® laser treatments hurt?

Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, but most patients report little or no discomfort. Some describe the pulses of energy during laser vein removal treatment as a tingling or snapping sensation. We make the experience as comfortable as possible by applying cooling pads immediately before and after treatment. You may find it helpful to take Tylenol or Advil prior to your appointment as well.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects of the Cutera CoolGlide® laser may include slight redness and swelling at the treatment site. These side effects are mild and typically subside in less than 24 hours.

Contact us at Siti Med Spa in San Diego at (619) 717-8484 to learn more about laser vein removal treatment with the Cutera CoolGlide® laser or to schedule your consultation.