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When spring arrives and you start to wear warm-weather clothing, you may not be satisfied with the appearance of your legs if you suffer from spider veins. Fortunately, there is a solution. Laser vein removal is a non-surgical treatment that can refresh the appearance of your legs. Spider veins, or telangiectasia, are the thread-like veins on the surface of the skin that are usually red or purple. They resemble spider webs and/or legs, hence the name. Varicose veins are larger veins that have become weak and fail to move the blood efficiently back to the heart. Laser vein removal is done on spider veins in the comfort of our office. During the treatment, a carefully controlled beam of light is targeted at the affected vein. It does not damage the surrounding skin, but does damage the spider vein with heat. The vein may take weeks or months to disappear completely. Once the vein is closed, the blood will naturally flow through healthy veins. The problematic vein will gradually be absorbed by the surrounding tissue and eliminated by the body. When you meet with our specialist, your veins will be examined and if laser vein removal is your best option, you may be asked to avoid sun exposure to the affected vein, alcohol, aspirin or ibuprofen and smoking for a set amount of time before your procedure date. There are very few risks associated with laser vein removal. Laser vein removal is a convenient, non-surgical treatment that may refresh the appearance of your legs. Whether your spider veins are causing you physical problems or you simply don’t like their appearance and they cause you embarrassment when you wear certain types of clothing, you have an answer. Whether you live in Washington, DC or the surrounding area, get in touch with us at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery to move forward with laser vein removal. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Bethesda, MD!