Laser Treatment for Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

How does laser treatment work on spider veins and varicose veins?

A laser is a highly focused beam of light, which emits heat. The focused heat from the laser damages the vein it is applied to, forming scar tissue closes the vein. Once the vein is closed, it slowly disappears.

Simple Laser Treatment. Simple laser vein treatments are performed on the outside of the skin. External laser treatments are primarily used to treat spider veins and tiny varicose veins near the skin’s surface. More than one laser session may be necessary to completely remove spider veins, especially if they have formed a tight cluster. If you have poor blood circulation feeding these tiny veins, the larger “feeder” vein must first be treated by means of sclerotherapy or endovenous laser.

Endovenous Laser Treatment. Endovenous laser treatment is prescribed for treating larger varicose veins, such as those in the legs. A laser fiber enters the vein through a catheter, as the doctor views the vein on an ultrasound screen.  Pain is minimal; local anesthesia or a light sedative is all that is needed for laser treatment.


Recovery time after laser treatment is typically short and without pain. You are likely to be able to return to your normal daily routine the same day or day after Simple Laser Treatment.

Recovery after Endovenous Laser Treatment is a bit more extensive. Patients are required to wear compression stockings/garments and get proper rest for at least one week, and usually the doctor would follow up with additional ultrasound to ensure successful venus closure.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact The San Diego Vascular Center today by calling (760) 739-7666, or visit us on the web at www.SanDiegoVascularCenter.com.