Spider Vein Treatment
Millions of women are bothered by spider veins – those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem.
WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS?
Spider veins – known in the medical world as telangiectasias or sunburst varicosities – are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it.
A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.
Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be arborizing and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be simple linear and appear as thin separate lines. Linear spider veins are commonly seen on the inner knee, whereas the arborizing pattern often appears on the outer thigh in a sunburst or cartwheel distribution.
Varicose veins differ from spider veins in a number of ways. Varicose veins are larger – usually more than a quarter-inch in diameter, darker in color and tend to bulge. Varicose veins are also more likely to cause pain and be related to more serious vein disorders.
Treat All Skin Types
Elite MPX gives you the advantages of two gold standard wavelengths – the 755 nm Alexandrite laser and 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser – in one system. These wavelengths have proven long-term results for pigmented lesion removal and hair reduction, and are also perfect for treating facial and leg veins, the most common form of vascular lesions. 1,2,3,4
Multiplex Makes It Easier
The 755nm Alexandrite is great at treating lighter skinned patients (i.e., skin types I & II) and the 1064nm YAG is the choice for darker skinned patients (skin types V & VI). But often those patients in the middle can present unique challenges.
Cynosure’s exclusive MultiPlex technology makes it easier to treat these patients. MultiPlex sequentially delivers Alex and YAG to provide customized treatments for ‘The Middle’, providing treatments that are faster and more effective than single-wavelength treatments.
And because Multiplex allows you to select wavelength combinations (Alex/YAG, YAG/Alex) and adjust pulse durations, Multiplex also provides great treatment flexibility for lighter and darker skin types as well. Multiplex means greater customization for each patient—and greater control for you.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on spider vein treatment contact board certified plastic surgeon John T. Nguyen, MD today at our Sugar Land Texas location at 281-980-8000. Serving the Houston Texas area.