Spider veins (otherwise known as broken capillaries or telangiectasias) and reticular veins (otherwise known as mid-large blue leg veins) can cause significant issues to patients. Spider veins are blue, red or purplish in colour with a web-like or linear appearance.

Although no-one knows what the exact cause of the abnormality of veins is, a number of lifestyle variables have been known to aggravate and accelerate the development of spider and reticular veins, such as pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapies, lack of exercise, prolonged sitting or standing, aging and obesity. The relief for many is that both abnormal vein types can be effectively treated with the use of laser technology (please note that knotted varicose veins is not a suitable candidate for laser treatment).

The laser treatment is a direct, accurate and safe way of removing the undesired veins, and is a more appealing procedure for many patients, as it does not require the use of needles or incisions. The high energy laser light is absorbed by the red blood cell haemoglobin molecule which heats up the red blood cell.

This heat is transferred to the blood vessel lining which destroys the lining and causes the vein to seal or clot. The vein or capillary then gradually fades and disappears.

Depending on the size of the area to be treated, you may require anything from 2 up to 6 or more treatments (an area usually consisting of a network of veins). In most cases small treatments allow patients to return quickly to normal activity. Patients who have been exposed to larger treatments may require some consideration before any physical activity is commenced.