Laser for spider veins

The lasers for spider veins have been introduced for the treatment of spider veins the last two decades.

The derma laser are essential for the treatment of spider veins, particularly for the patients with thin, red colored spider veins, or the patients that are affraid of the needles and do not tolerate sclerotherapy. The lasers are also very effective in treating the very thin spider veins that can develop as an aesthetic complication of the sclerotherapy (telangiectatic matting), spider veins that have a high tolerance in sclerotherapy or are extremely thin and thus cannot be subjected to sclerotherapy.

The treatment of vein insufficiency and particularly of the spider veins has to include the combination of a variety of techniques in order to achieve the best result and the dermal lasers maintain a very important position in this treatment. The lasers are not the first treatment for spider veins and seldom do they have a good outcome when they are used as the only treatment. There are significant reasons for it.

Firstly the spider veins are in the skin, and the laser beam has to go through the skin in order to affect them. The skin, and most importantly the skin of the Mediterranean type, which is darker, it is by itself a barrier which absorbs part of the energy from the laser. Naturally, this problem does not apply when the laser is used for the treatment of varicose veins, because its use in endovascular, it goes straight in the vein, bypassing the skin.

Additionally, the vast majority of spider veins is fed from reticular veins. These are under the skin too, are bigger in diameter than the spider veins and are usually seen as green lines, especially on more clear skins. The best strategic for the correct and total treatment of spider veins include the treatment of reticulars first, thus reducing the blood circulation and the blood pressure to the spider veins.

Though we can use laser to treat the reticular veins, it is generally acceptable amongst those who deal with phlebology, that the most effective treatment in comparison to the laser treatment, is foam sclerotherapy.

Athens Veincare Clinic is equiped with Biolitec Ceralas 980nm Diode Laser, which is applied on the skin for the treatment of spider veins. In a vast majority of the cases, the use of the laser is done in combination with foam sclerotherapy or liquid sclerotherapy. It is bearable in its application and it does not leave any marks. The laser treatment requires the use of compression stockings for a few days, especially when it is combined with sclerotherapy.


Newer phlebology treatments focus on minimally invasive techniques which are associated with earlier return to normal activity and less pain.

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