Now if you are not familiar with spider veins – below on the left is a photo of what they can look like BEFORE treatment. On the right is what the same area of skin looks like AFTER treatment. [These are not photos of me, by the way.]
Spider veins are essentially very tiny varicose veins. They may or may not be visible or noticeable – it depends on where they are located (usually the face or legs). It also depends on your skin color – the whiter or more pale you are, the more noticeable spider veins can be. As for me, I have a very pale complexion – and so spider veins stand out more on me versus people with darker skin.
In terms of what causes spider veins, I have read different things. I understand that the older one gets, the more likely one is to get them. I have heard there is an element of heredity to them – that we can inherit a predisposition to getting them from our parents. Sun exposure also increases the likelihood of them developing – particularly on the cheeks and noses of pale-skinned individuals. I have heard that both the consumption of alcohol and spicy foods can increase the chances of these spider veins developing.
Whatever the reason – you notice that you now have these spider veins on your face … they are visible, and you want to get rid of them. What I did to get rid of mine was to visit a local cosmetic surgeon who has a Candela Vbeam™ laser. This is what is known as a pulse-dye laser – it selectively targets the blood vessels of your spider veins without damaging any surrounding tissue. When I went in for the consultation, a nurse actually evaluated me – and then did a small “test patch” on the side of my face to see how I would react to the laser. I did not really bruise at all – and so I made an appointment to have my entire face done. I was told by the nurse that I WILL BRUISE – and that I could expect to look “bruised” for up to one week. “Hmmm” – I remember thinking to myself, “I wonder what that means exactly.”
I called my buddy, Greg, and asked him what he looked like during that week after the treatment. He said he didn’t look too bad … that it looked like someone had attacked him with a broom … or that he had ridden a motorcycle through a bush with no helmet on. But that it was really no big deal. “Okay”, I thought – and so I then scheduled the appointment for a Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
The laser procedure itself lasted about forty-five minutes – and was only slightly painful. In the instant before the laser hit me, a tiny blast of some cooling solution from the laser machine struck my face … and it sort of keeps the experience less painful (or so I was told). The nurse basically hit my face in probably fifty or sixty different spots with this laser – and I felt fine when I left. It was not a big deal at all. Continued on next page >>>