Many veins are vital to carrying blood throughout the body, but the small veins that can crisscross your face, legs, and elsewhere aren't critical to a healthy circulatory system. If these thin red lines create an aesthetic headache for you, consider vein removal at Houston's Nuveau Medical Aesthetics.
Dr. Christine Cheng and her team use lasers to break down the unwanted veins, safely handling vein removal without any invasive injections. This method allows for an effective treatment with virtually no downtime required.
While there are several treatment methods that effectively accomplish vein removal, Dr. Christine Cheng's chosen procedure involves light.
Intense pulsed light, or IPL, can reduce the appearance of several unwanted skin conditions, including sun spots and acne. It also works to treat broken and dilated vessels visible just beneath the skin.
The Nd:YAG laser, a common type of laser with a variety of medical uses, offers another choice available at Nuveau Medical Aesthetics.
Both methods eliminate problem veins by destroying them. Since spider veins and other annoying small vessels aren't integral to blood flow, they can safely be broken down. The application of intense light energy heats the targeted veins, causing them to seal off and dissolve to be reabsorbed into the body over a period of weeks. Light-based vein removal allows patients to immediately return to their daily activities, making it a popular choice.
Some patients may experience bruising around the treated area, but these marks should fade and clear within a few days of the treatment session.
The light-based methods available at Nuveau Medical Aesthetics are effective for all skin areas plagued by unwanted veins. Popular regions for treatment include:
The most noticeable veins patients seek to remove are typically found on the face, where they create red patches that can cover the nose and both cheeks. Spider veins and other small vessels targeted for vein removal are also frequently spotted on legs, where they stand out as darkly colored lines against the skin.
Depending on the scope of the problem, including how large an area the veins cover and how severe the visual impact is, patients may need to schedule multiple sessions to achieve their desired final look.
Once a vein is destroyed by IPL or the Nd:YAG laser, it disintegrates. The visual improvement should last for years, though patients should know that it's possible for new veins to develop. In such a case, light-based vein removal can be applied again as a "touch up" to maintain the vein-free look.
The light treatments that work so well for vein removal can also improve the appearance of many other conditions, including rosacea and certain birthmarks. IPL is often used to help clear acne and remove unwanted hair.