Laser removal of enlarged capillaries on the legs

Image of a foot with expanded capillaries

Enlarged capillaries (branches of veins) on the legs are superficially placed, nets of branched small veins, filled with blood and seen as gentle red to dark blue blood vessels or reddish spots. Localized mainly on thighs and lower legs, affecting over 40% of women.

Nets of veins may be due to:

  •  inherited predisposition
  •  lack of physical activity
  •  hormonal changes (pregnancy, change of life in women)
  •  Intake of hormonal medications, contraceptives
  • overweight

What is laser treatment for Enlarged capillaries Like?

• Laser treatment of enlarged capillaries on the legs is performed with the Nd: YAG laser of the leading American company for medical laser systems Cutera.
• In laser removal of non-aesthetic blood vessels a light impulse is applied which energy is absorbed by the blood in the enlarged capillaries. Laser energy converts to heat, causing permanent shrinkage and destruction of the target vessel. Blood flow is redirected to vessels located deeper below the surface of the skin. 

Which patients are fit for the treatment?

Laser is safely applied to all patients, regardless of their age and type of skin (from the lightest to the darkest). The only condition is that patients do not have suntan, and have not been actively exposed to sun or solarium in the last month.


• The patient feels stinging or pinching when the pulse is applied through the nozzle. No local anesthesia or analgesic is required before, during or after the treatment.
• For the complete comfort of our patients, during the manipulations, a professional Zimmer 6 cryosystem is used for analgesia, using a cold air jet.

What happens right after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, slight redness and swelling of the treated area is possible within 3 to 5 days.
You could immediately return to your usual duties after the treatment. It is desirable to avoid heavy physical stress within the next 24 hours.
It is advisable to place a sunscreen with a high factor on the treated area if it is exposed to direct sunlight.

How many treatments are needed to achieve a therapeutic effect?

• The number of treatments depends on the number and size of the enlarged capillaries on the legs. Usually, about 3-4 treatments are required, with 1 month interval between them.
In a larger percentage of the patients undergoing the treatment, a significant improvement is apparent two to six weeks after the first treatment. The end result will be evident after a few months after completing the treatment course. 

Which is the best time for the treatment?

Laser therapy takes place during the seasons in which the affected area is not exposed to direct sunlight. Such are autumn, winter and spring.

What are the contraindications to the treatment?

There are conditions in which the treatment is strictly contraindicated due to the high risk of unpredictable side effects:
• pregnancy
• photosensitivity
• presence of open wounds
• presence of suntan from recent exposure to sun or solarium
• patients who are going to have sun exposure within 30 days of the last treatment
• active herpes and other skin infections in the area of ​​the treated area
• malignant skin formations
• in case of systemic intake of drugs enhancing the sensitivity of the skin to the rays, etc.