If you suffer from spider veins, either on your legs and ankles, or on your chest and face, we’ll bet you’d prefer they weren’t there. We’re sure you have a million reasons why you haven’t looked into treatment, but we’re here with good news! At the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City, we have a fast and easy treatment for spider veins. It’s called Nd:YAG. We know it’s a funny, and hard-to-remember name, but you are going to be telling your friends about it soon, so make a mental note.
What Is an Nd:YAG Laser?
First, we’ll tell you where it gets its name. The Nd stands for Neodymium-doped. And the YAG is an acronym for the components of the crystal used in the laser: yttrium, aluminum, and garnet. So, now Nd:YAG doesn’t seem so bad, does it? This advanced laser uses a near-infrared wavelength that targets hemoglobin.
Its ability to create an appropriate spot size along with variable, long pulses, which are converted into heat in the tissue, enables it to significantly heat deep skin tissues, such as blood vessels. Once the hemoglobin absorbs the wavelength, it essentially shuts down the vein. The vein is then reabsorbed into the body.
Fast and Non-Invasive Treatment for Spider Veins
The YAG laser is non-invasive. It does not cut or remove the top layer of your skin; it penetrates the skin surface and the energy is absorbed by your skin tissue. The thing that makes this treatment for spider veins so popular is that it takes very little time and you can often see immediate results – although the complete absorption process can take one to two months. We like to see you four to six weeks after your treatment to see if any other vessels need to be treated.