When capillaries near the skin surface enlarge or split, the result is a red or purple appearance. The development of spider veins is common among mature adults. Genetic factors as well as overexertion of the leg muscles contribute to their appearance and prominence. They aren’t considered a health risk, but they can certainly be unwelcome. Maybe you have considered laser vein treatment for diminishing their appearance but are concerned about laser treatments. An alternative is intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL therapy for short.
IPL is a revolutionary laser vein treatment that works by shrinking the blood vessels. As a result they become less prominent, and in most cases the tiny feeder capillaries eventually close off and are discarded as waste material. This is a far less invasive procedure than laser cauterization or sclerotherapy.
Broadband Light Energy
An IPL device looks a bit like a handheld laser, but the light emitted is quite different in its makeup. Unlike a laser, this instrument emits a wide combination of wavelengths. This combination can be adjusted and focused in accordance with the skin tone and thickness.
What happens when the light energy strikes the skin surface? It passes directly through the epidermal layer without damaging it. The energy is instead absorbed deeper down and by denser material. The darker the tissue, the less light it’s reflecting, which is why it appears dark to begin with. This is how broadband light energy is used to target certain skin problems such as melasma, rosacea, freckles, age spots, and scarring.
Treating Spider Veins
When we consult with you, we look at the depth of the veins and their size. If they are very tiny, we may suggest IPL as a means to minimize the appearance of the veins. We calibrate the instrument based on the tone, size, and depth of the vein walls. The instrument is placed on the skin surface, and the energy is delivered in short-duration pulses. After several pulses, we move the instrument slightly. We can treat a spider vein or other near-superficial vein in a mere matter of minutes. We will likely schedule several treatment sessions for maximum effect.
The vein, after absorbing this type of energy, is slightly damaged. It begins to constrict, and eventually, it may close off altogether. Once it’s gone, it’s likely gone for good. This state-of-the-art procedure involving no downtime or recovery period. That’s why it’s such a popular choice for reducing the outward appearance of spider veins.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
To learn more about this celebrated laser vein treatment, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Soulage Wellness and Aesthetic Center! At our convenient location in Bastrop, TX, our friendly and experienced professionals will be pleased to explain the particulars of IPL and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!