Saturday, December 20, 2014

Follow us:
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to this news feed 


Ways to treat spider veins

  • Text size: + -
CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Ways to treat spider veins
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

Nearly 80 million Americans develop vein disorder which includes spider veins on the face.

"They are on the side of my nose and cover them up," said patient Teralynn Warner.

The red marks on Warner's nose are called spider veins, we get them as we age, but there are other causes.

"Pressure from sneezing a lot, allergies hormone can get fluctuation" said facial plastic surgeon Dr. Allison Pontius.
"Almost want to say it was after being sick blowing the nose an noticed that wow that is not going away like I ruptured the veins,” Warner said.

The more you are exposed to the elements the greater your risk.

"Sun wind, snow, cold, hormones can cause some fluctuations and tent to get worse with pregnancy," Pontius said.

Ready to erase those veins, she decided to get them zapped.

"The pulse dye is a 599 nano--meter laser. It targets just the red in hemoglobin, so it just target the red blood cells so the skin and surrounding tissue are safe," Pontius said.

Prep time is nothing but washing your face, the goggles are to protect the eyes, a few zaps later.

"It passes through the skin goes right to the area of spider vein coagulates, heats it and destroys it over the of the next few week your body will absorb it and it will go away permanently," Pontius said.

The laser is said to feel like the the snap of a hot rubber band.

The cost ranges from $150 to $500 dollars depending on how many areas need to be treated. This session took just a few minutes.

There is no downtime, results can be seen in a month unless you need more treatments. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP