Laser Vein Removal in Calgary, AB

An Effective and Safe Solution for Vascular Conditions

Laser vein therapy is an easy non invasive treatment option to reduce or rid your skin of unwanted spider veins. Laser vein therapy is an excellent option for men and women who are seeking treatment options to reduce the visibility of veins that have become visible beneath the skin, usually as a result of aging.

Our Registered Nurse/ Laser Technician can treat visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular lesions and discoloration of your skin by using laser energy. Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin condition and desired result. Popular areas are the face, neck, chest and legs.

Conditions that can be treated:

  • Rosacea
  • Redness
  • Facial Veins
  • Spider Veins
  • Broken Capillaries

What are spider veins?

Also called telangiectasias, spider veins are often blue, red, or purple, and most often found on the face and legs. Broken capillaries can appear for a number of different reasons, most often caused by increased pressure in the veins. Now you can stop struggling to cover them up because laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) can banish broken facial capillaries.

up close of veins on patient’s skin before and after laser treatment, faded afterwards

How Laser Vein Therapy is Performed

Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. Our medical aesthetics nurse and laser technician uses a laser to send strong bursts of light into the vein, which causes the blood in the vein to coagulate which will eventually destroy the vessel making the vein fade and disappear over time. You may briefly feel a warm or hot snapping sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by the unwanted vessels. The body naturally reabsorbs the pooled blood and redirects future blood flow to veins deeper below the skin. Treatments are virtually painless, if you have sensitive skin, we may apply a numbing cream to the area to avoid discomfort. Treatments may take approximately 30 minutes to an hour. The time required will depend on your skin type, the extent of the condition, the number of areas treated, and the sizes of those areas.

Recovery Expectations

There is little to no downtime with laser treatment, however it is recommended that any vigorous activity be avoided for the first 24 hours after. The treated area will become temporarily pink, resembling a cat scratch.  Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure. You need to cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors. Results will be slightly visible at the time of treatment and will significantly improve with 2 to 6 weeks of the treatment. Typically 2-3 treatments are required.

Spider Vein Treatment Removal

Those little red, purple, or blue veins you see – usually on your legs – are spider veins. They are broken capillaries that break, usually due to pressure in your veins. Treatments can take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of veins you need to treat. Treatment is virtually painless, and most people can continue with their day right after treatment.

Laser FAQs

This depends on your lifestyle. If you can avoid prolonged sun exposure then yes, you can get laser treatments in the summer. If you plan on being outside in the sun without protection (SPF & a hat) then we would recommend that you postpone your treatments until the fall or winter.

Typically no. Our registered nurse/laser technician can assess you to determine whether you are a candidate for laser. Depending on the treatment and the area being treated there are different recommendations but in general, the skin must not be tanned in order to have a laser treatment.

Unwanted hair growth, spider veins and small facial vessels, rosacea, acne, pigment and wrinkles.

This depends on what type of laser treatment you are having. There is no downtime associated with BBL. Halo has 5-7 days downtime. Deep resurfacing has a 2 week downtime and then prolonged redness (few months) which can be covered with makeup.

Our laser is a state of the art medical grade laser called the Sciton Joule. This platform has many different lasers built into it. We have a Broad Band Light (BBL) system which is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market.

We also have a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser; the Halo laser which is a hybrid of two laser wavelengths (1470nm and 2940nm); a full resurfacing Erbium YAG laser (2940nm) and a Profractional ablative laser, which is also the 2940nm wavelength but instead of treating the entire surface of the skin it just treats a fraction of the skin – creating channels in the surface.

The best way to minimize or eliminate spider veins is with laser vein therapy. This non-invasive treatment treats spider veins, broken capillaries, vascular lesions and other skin issues with laser energy. Treatments are tailored to match your skin condition.

While you have little to no downtime after laser spider vein treatment in Calgary, we recommend not doing vigorous activity for 24 hours after your treatment. Also, your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, so do not expose it to direct sunlight. Using a good sunscreen will help protect your skin. It can take up to six weeks to see full results. Most people require two or three treatments. The results of the laser vein treatment are permanent, though new spider veins could appear in the area.

Laser spider vein treatment has many benefits, including:

  • It’s safe, as it doesn’t damage healthy tissue.
  • Most people see results right away, though it can take up to six weeks for the veins to completely disappear.
  • The treatment is quick and effective.
  • The treatment is virtually painless for most and painless for some.
  • The treatment is long-lasting and often permanent; however, new spider veins could appear.
  • The treatment is affordable.
  • Laser vein treatment can provide relief from swelling and leg cramps.
  • The treatment can give you more energy.
  • You do not need to wear compression socks after laser vein treatment.
  • You will have an improved quality of life.

Laser spider vein treatment can be very effective, not only for spider veins on the face and legs but also for varicose veins.

Most people do not feel any pain. Those who might have pain feel very little pain.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks to getting spider vein removal. 

These risks include the following:

  • Blood clots
  • Damage to the nerves
  • Increased risk of an infection
  • A burning sensation
  • Having an allergic reaction to the injection solution
  • Aching
  • The formation of ulcers
  • Inflammation
  • Scarring

If you have any questions regarding the risks, make sure to consult Dr. Dawes during your consultation with him. He will assess your current condition and medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate.

Most people can go back to their day right after treatment. However, you shouldn’t do any strenuous activity for 24 hours after laser vein treatment.

Success rates can vary depending on each person. However, laser vein treatment can be successful 95 to 100 percent of the time.

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Jeffrey Dawes, MD, serves Calgary and the surrounding areas in Alberta. To find out more about spider vein treatment, speak with Dr. Dawes at Jeffrey Dawes, MD. To schedule a consultation, please call 403-571-3141.

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  1. You will meet Dr. Dawes for an individualized, comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Dawes will offer individualized recommendations regarding the best treatment options available to you in a way that will allow you to make a confident, well-informed decision.

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