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
"Absolutely the best!"- C. / Healthgrades / May 12, 2018
"Love my fresh eyes! - For years I was very self conscious about my puffy eyes. I felt like I always looked tired even when I wasn’t and my makeup bag was filled with concealer products that I had to use several times a day. Dr Chiu did my upper and lower blepharoplasty in early December. I followed his instructions carefully (sleeping in a recliner, cool packs, etc.) Amazingly, I had almost no bruising and very l..."- K. / RealSelf / Mar 19, 2018
"My experience with my surgery was nothing less than spectacular! Dr.Chiu made me pretty again! The whole procedure went so smoothly. Sara makes everything come together,she is fantastic. I had no bruising or pain. My recovery was amazing. St. Claire hospital was wonderful. If anyone is looking or considering cosmetic surgery,look no further,Dr. Chiu is the surgeon you need and want."- A.K. / Google / Mar 10, 2018
"I rate Dr Chiu the best of the best! I had Blepharoplasty on my upper lids. My eyes are beautiful noone would know , I don't have a visible scar to be seen. Since then I go regulary to have filler and botox around my lips, frown lines etc. It always looks natural not overdone. Dr. Chiu is very compassionate and takes great pride in his art! He is a perfectionist ! Also Sara is a joy to talk to and very organized, she assits Dr. Chiu in his practice. Highly recommended !!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 15, 2018
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.