Spider veins or varicose veins are dilated and visible veins that appear in bluish or purplish webs and along the skin.
They mainly appear on the legs and are usually hereditary, or caused by the long term effects of standing for too long, obesity, or hormonal birth control pills.
Though they are not often harmful or painful, many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons using a laser spider vein treatment.
Removing these spider veins may help increase your confidence and comfort while wearing shorts, capris, swimwear, and dresses.
If you feel like you may be a great candidate for laser spider vein treatment, here are a few things you should and shouldn’t do after your first session.
The Do’s and Don’ts
Caring for the afflicted area after your laser treatment ensures you will get the best results possible. Follow through will all of these tips—no matter if it’s your first session or your last.
Don’t have any expectations when coming into your first appointment
Setting too high expectations will take away from your experience. Depending on many factors, some veins may disappear altogether, while others will remain unaffected by the treatment.
Do schedule multiple appointments
Spider vein treatment is not a one and done kind of thing. It takes patience and time. Expect to see results over the span of multiple treatments, every month or so for a total of four months.
Do Moisturize Often
The night following your session, make sure you are massaging and moisturizing the treated skin. Improving circulation is key to achieving the best results possible.
Use a skin nourishing lotion or body oil and spend five to ten minutes gently applying pressure to the skin. Massage in an up and down pattern, applying a generous amount of oil or moisturizer as you go.
You may use:
- coconut oil
- sweet almond oil
- your favorite scented or unscented lotion
Keep your legs elevated for ten minutes, while in bed or on the couch as you massage. Make this part of your nightly ritual.
Don’t spend excessive amounts of time in the sun after the spider vein treatment
Either keep the treated area covered, or resist going out into direct sunlight for a few hours after your session.
The sun’s UV rays can affect the finished outcome—and just damage your skin in general if you’re not wearing SPF.
Staying out of the sun is just good practice, since the harsh UV rays can cause longterm damage to your skin.
However your skin is especially at risk and most sensitive after treatment.
Do go for a walk that evening
To help with circulation, go for a walk once the sun has set.
Take a short stroll around the neighborhood, around twenty minutes.
Do schedule your appointment with a trust-worthy aesthetic center in your area
Aesthetic centers offer a myriad of services from facials to hair loss treatments. They are experts in attending to your needs when it comes to cosmetic procedures, so make sure you feel comfortable with your aesthetician. Ask as many questions as you can, and have them write down any directions you think you may forget.
Spider veins can leave individuals feeling frustrated with the appearance of their skin. Especially come summertime. Luckily, spider vein treatments can diminish the look of varicose veins within a few laser sessions. Proper treatment after the session with the aesthetician is required to see the best results possible.
By following these tips, you can achieve the glowing skin you’ve always dreamed of.