Craig Mezrow MS, MD, FACS

Spider Vein Laser Therapy


What are lasers used for?

Lasers can be an alternative to sclerotherapy for the treatment of spider veins (telangiectasias), small superficial purple- red blood vessels most commonly found in clusters on the thighs and legs. Spider veins are usually inherited, and while most commonly found on the thigh or lower leg, can form virtually anywhere on the body, including the face. Lasers in lieu of sclerotherapy, has proven to be a very popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure to reduce spider veins.

How is the procedure done?

A laser is applied over the skin of the spider veins. The veins become red and often appear inflamed. A typical treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour depending on the number of areas treated. A single treatment session successfully removes approximately 50-70% of the spider veins treated. Generally, additional sessions are require for optimal results.


What kind of medications will be given to me?

During the treatment, topical anesthetic is applied to the skin and you will typically have a tolerable burning discomfort.


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When can I return to work?

Following treatment, you can resume work immediately without downtime but strenuous, vigorous activities including exercise should be avoided for a few days.


What happens after the procedure?

After your treatment, it is recommended to wear heavy-duty stockings to optimize your results and reduce bruising. Treated spider veins will occasionally become hard from small clots forming and or skin color changes can occur. In very rare instances, a skin sore can occur at the treated region. If this occurs you should notify Dr. Mezrow so he can assess you and advise you for best healing.

If you have an underlying problem (venous insufficiency) with deep venous system the veins will recur.