During a YAG laser spider vein removal treatment, the laser energy is directed onto the targeted spider veins. The laser light is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the blood, generating heat that damages the walls of the targeted vessels. This damage causes the blood vessels to collapse and eventually be reabsorbed by the body, leading to a reduction in the appearance of the spider veins.
The YAG laser used for spider vein removal typically operates in the infrared spectrum, allowing the laser energy to penetrate deeper into the skin to target the underlying blood vessels. The laser is designed to specifically target the hemoglobin in the blood, while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin.
Multiple treatment sessions are usually required to achieve significant reduction or clearance of spider veins. The number of sessions needed can vary depending on factors such as the size and extent of the spider veins, individual response to treatment, and the practitioner’s recommendation.
After each YAG laser treatment, the treated area may experience temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, or mild bruising. These effects generally subside within a few days to a couple of weeks. It is important to follow the post-treatment care instructions provided by the practitioner to ensure proper healing and minimize any potential complications.
It’s worth noting that while YAG laser treatments can be effective for spider vein removal, individual results may vary. Some spider veins may respond better to laser treatment than others, and new spider veins may develop over time due to various factors such as genetics, lifestyle, or underlying medical conditions.