Leaving the doctor’s office, I felt like my face was very hot. My girlfriend went with me – and she said that it looked like the nurse really got me with the laser this time. It took around twelve hours (overnight) for the bruising to develop – bruising occurs when the spider veins are destroyed by the laser … they become dark purple spots which take about a week to disappear. Unlike the first time I had this done, the next day my face had kind of a bumpy texture to it – in conjunction with the bruising. The bruising was also much more pronounced this time. I believe this was due to the different settings of the laser that Nurse Tammy used. You can see in the photos what my face looked like – those were taken roughly twenty-four hours after the treatment. The first photo was of the left-hand side of my face (previous page here) ,,, which appears to look a little bit more bruised than the right side (shown below). It looks painful – but it doesn’t hurt. It is probably more painful to look at!
THE BOTTOM LINE – after the first treatment, I did a bunch of work-related traveling, … and a number of people who knew me previously said that I “looked different” … that I “looked better” … but when I asked what they meant, they couldn’t quite put their finger on what they were noticing. I did wind up telling them that I had a bunch of spider veins removed – and they all said that made sense. The only way to really notice is to take a very close look at someone before the laser procedure, and then again maybe ten days afterward. The ultimate question though is – how long does the treatment last? How long before the spider veins return? Hopefully not for a while. I will let everyone know once I know for sure how long these laser treatment last. In the mean time, I am trying to stay out of sight until these bruises are all gone.
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