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
"I Am Super Happy with This Practice. - I have seen Dr. Chiu for several years and have had both botox and fillers. I had been contemplating a lower lift for some time but held off; first because of the expense and also I thought it might look like I had surgery. I finally talked myself into the surgery and it was well worth the expense. I'm extremely happy with the results; I know he took at least ten years off of my face and neck without any visible signs. I have total confidence in Dr. Chiu and was very glad a friend recommended him. Sara is very accomodating and makes you feel so welcome."- V / RealSelf / May 17, 2019
"We (twins) got lip fillers from Dr. Chiu and we are extyhappy with how they turned out! They look very natural and smooth just how we wanted. He takes great pride in his work and we would definitely recommend him to anyone we know!!"- S.A. / Google / Feb 01, 2019
"BLUF: Dr. Chiu is a brilliant surgeon. If you want natural-looking results, he is your doctor! When I was considering rhinoplasty seriously a couple of years ago it took me a while to find a surgeon I could trust and had the right credentials. I went to three surgeons, including Dr. Chiu, and found him to be the best fit. Dr. Chiu is incredibly realistic when it comes to bringing harmony to the face and took the time to explain what would work the best not only aesthetically but also for my overall health. For rhinoplasty, you want to look good but still be able to breathe normally. Rhinoplasty is his speciality and after having this procedure done by Dr. Chiu I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking this procedure. He considered my total facial structure in his renderings to give me an idea what my new nose would look like. Our goal was to take the focus away from my nose; I no longer wanted that feature to be where everyone’s eyes were drawn. Dr. Chiu does his surgeries at Upper St. Clair hospital and only has the best surgical staff working with him. I was well taken care of and was in surgery for approximately four hours. Following surgery, I was released to go home to recover. I was expecting some discomfort the first night; however, my discomfort was not from any pain but from having to sleep upright. I prescribed some pain medication but I never needed it. I suffered from ZERO bruising! Most post-op photos show significant bruising from rhinoplasty, but I did not have a single one. I was swollen, puffy, and a tad stiff for a while following the procedure but experiencing no pain. I was able to return to work less than 7 days following the procedure and very few people were able to tell I had something done due to lack of bruising. It took about one year for the results of the surgery to settle in, and Dr. Chiu did emphasize that would indeed be the case. It has been 13 months at the time of this post, and I couldn’t be happier with my new nose! It fits the rest of my face, I have full functionality (no issues breathing), and you cannot see the small incision at all. Dr. Chiu is incredibly thorough and highly skilled. What I respect most about him and his practice, though, is that he gives you realistic expectations and explains the why/how to his methods. If you are seeking natural and harmonizing results for your looks, Dr. Chiu should absolutely be at the top of your list! I also want to point out that Sara is wonderful! She makes sure you have every piece of information you could possibly need from scheduling, financing, and answers all questions promptly. I am so glad to have chosen to trust Dr. Chiu and Sara with my face! I will be a lifelong customer as I continue through life and the aging process."- E.C. / Google / Mar 21, 2021
"Fantastic surgeon - I couldn’t be happier with my new nose! It fits the rest of my face - When I was considering rhinoplasty seriously a couple of years ago it took me a while to find a surgeon I could trust and had the right credentials. I went to three surgeons, including Dr. Chiu, and found him to be the best fit. Dr. Chiu is incredibly realistic when it comes to bringing harmony to the face and took the time to explain what would work the best not only aesthetically but also..."- O. / RealSelf / Mar 20, 2021
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.
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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.