About Spider Vein Treatment
Spider and varicose veins are branch-like red and purple vessels that appear underneath the skin when the blood vessels become dilated or stretched out. These veins are most commonly present in the legs, but smaller spider veins and capillaries in the face, especially common around the cheek, nose and lip areas, can cause a patient to feel self-conscious due to their unappealing appearance. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiu, offers restoration to facial spider veins and capillaries, having used both laser technology and radio frequency (RF) techniques. Currently using the Cynosure Ellman Micro Radiofrequency System, Dr. Chiu is able to target the visible vessels using this intense energy delivery system to break down the blood vessels and reduce their overall size and appearance. His Pittsburgh, PA patients have seen remarkable results after a few sessions of laser vein treatments performed onsite at Today's Cosmetic Surgery.
Patients who are good candidates for laser/RF vein and capillary removal have:
- visible small veins/capillaries on their face, or other smaller caliber vessels in other parts of the body
- good general health before the procedure, with no blood clots or chance of pregnancy
- a desire for nonsurgical skin restoration
- a desire for long-term results
"I’ve had nothing but great experiences at Today’s Cosmetic Surgey. Dr. Chiu and Sara are professional, compassionate, and experts at what they do. I have been getting Juvederm injections in my lips there for almost 2 years. My lips ALWAYS look amazing, natural, and just the right amount of full. I was very nervous when I went in for my first time because there are so many horror stories of lip injections. However, my lips have exceeded my expectations every time and Dr. Chiu is truly an artist. I would recommend him to anyone!"- C.P. / Google / Nov 19, 2017
"Less is more - We all get it at a certain age — the “L” between the eyebrows, the narrowing of the lips, the wrinkles in the forehead. For me, these are all signs of a life lived — laughing, crying, thinking and aging. But, there is also a time where you start to be asked if you are tired, when you simply aren’t. I feared getting “work” done because I never wanted to erase the signs of life or look unnatura..."- L. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2017
"I've never had anything but great experiences at Today's Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Chiu is an artist and has never disappointed. I've been getting Juvederm injections in my lips from him for almost 2 years. My lips always look natural, full, and beautiful. I love going to Today's Cosmetic Surgery and I would recommend them to anyone. *I have attached pictures that I took a few hours after a procedure, so they are still a little swollen."- K.P. / Yelp / Nov 27, 2017
"Dr. Chiu and his staff are absolutely the best! I have never been treated with such kindness! In addition, Dr. Chiu will not settle for anything less than perfection. I wanted a rhinoplasty for years, and I am so happy that I waited until I found Dr. Chiu to have it done!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 28, 2017
"Very professional & gentle. He has an amazing eye for aesthetics. His work is more conservative so the result is very natural looking which I like. Sarah is wonderful. I won't trust my face to anyone else."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 24, 2017
What to Expect
Before the laser/facial vein treatment, patients will receive a numbing agent, and go over the informed consent process. Once the patient is made comfortable, board-certified Dr. Chiu will use a device to administer the laser or RF pulses across the areas that need treatment. During this time, the intense pulses of energy will be absorbed by the veins, causing them to dissolve and reduce in size. Pain should be minimal, though the patient may feel a warming sensation due to the heat from the laser and RF energy. The entire procedure typically takes between 15 - 30 minutes.
Patients should expect to see their full results within 90 days following their laser vein treatment, though the time period will vary for each patient. Some bruising, discoloration, or redness may occur after treatment for the first week. Patients may require multiple sessions to achieve their desired outcome, depending on how large their spider veins are. For best results, patients should avoid sun exposure to the treated areas.
Plan Your Procedure
Improve Your Appearance
Seeking an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Chiu, to find a way to rid yourself of unattractive spider veins is often the best solution to improve your appearance. At Today's Cosmetic Surgery, our advanced laser/vein treatments can reduce or eliminate current spider veins appearing on your skin. We invite you to call our Pittsburgh, PA office and schedule a consultation today to learn more.