About Laser Vein Removal
Spider and varicose veins are swollen blood vessels that can be seen through the skin and develop on the legs or face. Affected veins appear on the leg as a raised, tangled, unattractive web under the surface of the skin. These veins affect millions of men and women as a result of heredity, extended periods of standing, time, pregnancy, and hormones. Many patients affected by this problem may be embarrassed to wear shorts or show their legs.
Laser vein removal can offer patients precise results through a minimally invasive procedure that heats the vein and causes it to close rather than removing it surgically. To reduce the appearance of spider veins on the face and body, Tracy Evans, MD of Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco offers noninvasive laser vein removal for San Francisco, CA men and women. There are several types of lasers used to perform laser vein therapy so Dr. Evans will create a personalized plan based on your unique needs and goals at your consultation.
"Dr. Evans has performed Mohs surgery on my face twice and I could not be happier with the results. For the past couple decades, I have spent almost every Summer in the South of France because I have family and friends there. Of course it is a sunny place with lots of gorgeous beaches and other outdoor activities. I guess I got a little too much sun exposure on these trips, especially since I have fair skin and blue eyes. When I first found out I had a basal cell spot on my face I was very upset, but Dr Evans and her staff are absolutely amazing!!! I had never had any surgery on my face and I was worried about it, but I truly felt I had the kind of empathy and care that you would get from a family member or a great friend, from Dr. Evans and everyone else on her team. Dr. Evans did such a great job on both surgeries and they have healed so well, so much so that no one even notices that I have had two surgeries on my face. I have been going to her office for years now with regular skin checks and I have to say I am extremely impressed with the entire staff. In addition to the Mohs surgery, and after I had basal cell a second time, I decided to get Fraxel Laser done at Dr. Evans office. A lot of people do this for cosmetic reasons, but I did it because I found out that Fraxel can help reduce the chance of getting basal cell in the future. As a guy, I did not see myself spending thousands of $’s on laser for my face the first time, but after I got the 2nd basal cell on my face I decided it was worth the money if it reduced the chance of more basal cell in the future. I was very pleased with the Fraxel procedures and I have not had another basal cell issue since I had it, so I am very happy with the decision. The Fraxel laser procedure also evened out the toning on my face, so that was great as well. I highly recommend the Fraxel Laser to anyone who wants to potentially reduce the chance of basal cell, and I also have been taking Nicotinamide (a special form of vitamin B) which can also potentially reduce future basal cell issues, and I use a DNA enzyme repair cream at night which reduces the chance of basal cell. As I said before, I have not had basal cell since I had the Fraxel and I think taking Nicotinamide and using the DNA enzyme repair cream all have helped. After all this I realize how important skin care is and I am grateful that I got such great care. Most of my friends never go to a dermatologist and have an ignorance is bliss attitude, but with Dr. Evans and her amazing team, I am much more aware of how important it is to get regular checks and what can be done to maintain my skin going forward. My skin looks great and people think I look much younger than my actual age. One final point: I also have a couple friends that have HMO insurance that also have had basal cell. They have had surgeries at their HMO and I can tell you the care and the results they received are not even close to the care and outstanding results I have had with Dr. Evans. In some cases, the HMO made my friends wait a long time before they could even get the Mohs surgery and they also made mistakes, and their results in terms of scarring and healing were not the best. There is no way I would trust an HMO to do this surgery. At this point, I would only trust Dr. Evans with something this important. Thanks to Dr. Evans, Clarence, Shantelle, Kirstie, Danielle, Leslie, and the entire team! You all have helped me in a difficult situation more than once and I got through it as if nothing ever happened because of your amazing care and skills!"- E.R. / Yelp / Sep 25, 2021
"I want to write this review for Dr Evans’ staff and specifically for Krystal and Ava. I have been treated there 4 times this year. Each time I go I feel like my health and happiness is the most important thing in the world to both medical and administrative staff. I am not just the next person in their busy day that needs treatment and a means for the practice to make money. I am made to feel the same way as when I fly first class or stay in a world class hotel. The entire experience from the time I walk in the door until I walk out again is unlike anything I have experienced at any doctor or dentist or any medical facility. They are professional and compassionate with a great "bedside" manner. I am cared for as a patient and valued as a human each visit."- S.G. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2021
"Dear Tracy Evans M.D. Thank you_Thank you_Thank you. For your amazing expertise and talents. I could not be happier with my care. Everyone on your staff is so competent and awesome. So grateful, Deb Protheroe"- D.P. / Google / Jul 11, 2021
"Excellent, thorough medical care for the skin. I appreciate the fact that Dr Evans monitors my skin every 6 months for medical issues and catches anything amiss early. Knowledgeable staff to help with skin care products after medical needs met. Beautiful relaxing spa like waiting area."- B.F. / Google / Jun 11, 2021
"I was in desperate need of a quick remedy to extract my pores and hydrate my face. Mallory recommended the hydrafacial treatment for me. The whole treatment was quick, only taking about 30 minutes, and very affordable with NO down time! Mallory was an absolute gem! Prior to the treatment, she explained the process and made sure I was comfortable. I would highly recommend Dr. Evans team at Pacific Skin Dermatology. Can’t wait for my next treatment!"- K.K. / Yelp / May 30, 2021
Laser vein removal treatments at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco can improve the appearance of small to medium-sized blood vessels that are on the face and body. Commonly known as spider veins, these blood vessels are typically not a medical problem, but they can be considered unattractive. Before their treatments, many of our patients avoided wearing certain clothing (like shorts and swimsuits) or used a large amount of makeup to try to hide their veins. Laser vein removal is best for patients who:
- Are in overall good health
- Do not have a history of blood clots
- Do not smoke
- Do not have blood diseases or problems with bleeding
- Are not pregnant
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you have realistic expectations about outcomes and are choosing the procedure for yourself rather than feeling pressured by others.
Dr. Evans typically performs laser vein treatment without anesthesia in our San Francisco office. Each treatment session takes fewer than 20 minutes to perform, and patients can return to work and other normal activities immediately afterward. Dr. Evans moves the laser over the area with the vein. The laser energy heats the blood vessel, which eventually closes. Patients report that they sometimes experience a slight tingling sensation during the procedure as the laser energy is delivered to the targeted vein. Other patients report a sensation similar to a rubber band being snapped on the leg. Most patients are able to tolerate this procedure very well.
What to Expect
After laser vein treatment, patients may experience slight redness and bruising, and even a slight bump, in the treated area. These symptoms are usually mild and will go away on their own within a few days. Patients who undergo laser treatment for veins may have better results if they wear compression stockings for about a week after the procedure.
Before treatment, affected veins on the surface of the skin have poor blood flow. However, the veins will begin to close after treatment as the blood flow is diverted to healthier veins. Therefore, results of this procedure are not visible right away and will instead appear gradually over the next few weeks. Depending on the size of their veins, patients often see effective results from this procedure after 2 – 6 treatments, spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart. During your initial consultation with Dr. Evans, realistic expectations will be discussed along with recommendations on how many sessions you will need to achieve your best results. New spider veins often develop over time so more treatments may be needed every few years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser vein therapy cost?
Laser vein removal costs are based on how many veins are being treated and how many sessions you will need. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate the size and location of your spider veins to determine the scope of the treatment process, which will help to establish the cost. Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin offers numerous payment options, and we frequently offer specials on treatments, like laser vein removal.
Do I need laser vein removal or sclerotherapy?
Laser vein removal and sclerotherapy work in very different ways to create the same outcome: the collapse and closer of the vein. The laser works great for spider veins and other small veins that are difficult to inject. Larger veins, such as varicose veins, can respond well to the laser, but if the vein is bulging, sclerotherapy injections may be required. We will work with you to determine your best treatment choice based on your specific concerns.
What happens to the vein?
Laser vein removal treats the vein with a focused beam of light that heats up the vein, eventually causing it to collapse. The technology is very precise and is highly focused on the target area so it will not affect the nearby skin. Once the vein collapses, it will be reabsorbed by the body and disappear over the course of a few weeks.
Can I have laser vein therapy anywhere on the body?
Spider veins can be found on the face, upper thighs, back of the legs, and around the ankles. Anywhere a spider vein exists, laser vein removal can be an appropriate treatment method. Our state-of-the-art laser therapies use precision when treating the specific vein so the tissue and skin around the vein are unaffected.
Does laser vein removal hurt?
Most patients report a mild tingling or a feeling similar to a snapped rubber band right on the treatment area. These sensations are not usually described as painful and are easily tolerated during the short procedure time. Our lasers also feature built-in cooling so there is no reason to worry about discomfort or scarring from the heat.
Remove Spider Veins
Spider veins (visible blood vessels) are not usually a cause for concern, but they can be embarrassing or unwanted. At Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin, laser vein removal is a very popular treatment for both women and men who want to stop feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their veins. Schedule your consultation with Tracy Evans, MD today to take the first step toward fewer visible veins.