Facial and leg spider veins, or broken capillaries, are medically referred to as telangiectasias. They are dilated capillary veins less than 2mm in diameter that exist just below the surface of the skin on the legs or face. Spider veins are blue, red, or purplish in color with a web-like or linear appearance.
Over the past few years, the ND:YAG laser has become the laser of choice for the treatment of spider veins. The laser energy can pass deeply into tissue without significant absorption, allowing energies high enough to treat spider veins without damaging or discoloring the skin and without being limited by skin pigmentation.
For spider veins treatment multiple sessions (1 to 3) may be necessary for best results. The treated veins improve over weeks to months, and repeat sessions, if needed, are usually performed about 2 to 3 months apart.