Laser Vein Removal in Indian Wells​

According to studies, about 1 in 4 American adults is affected by varicose veins. The gnarled, protruding veins are often a constant source of discomfort and embarrassment for those suffering from this condition. At our Indian Wells medical spa, we strive to provide all our patients with long-term solutions that improve their appearance as well as self-confidence. For men and women suffering from varicose or spider veins, we use CoolGlide laser therapy to remove these veins and return legs to a smooth appearance.

Our CoolGlide laser treatments are administered by our expert nurse, who has been with our practice for over 15 years. She has even provided the CoolGlide treatment to Dr. Cosgrove herself, with excellent results.

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

While often used interchangeably, spider veins and varicose veins are two different conditions, each of which has unique symptoms and treatment methods.

Telangiectasia (spider veins) are thin red, purple or blue-colored dilated blood vessels that occur near the surface of the skin. Spider veins often take a branching or web-like pattern and frequently occur around the face or on the legs. While often considered more of a cosmetic problem rather than a medical concern, this condition can cause patients to feel itching, burning or stinging sensations.

In contrast, varicose veins are thick, gnarled veins that protrude from the skin. As blood flows through the body and back to the heart for oxygenation, tiny valves within the veins prevent blood from flowing backwards. When these valves do not work properly, blood flows backwards through the vein, causing it to enlarge and twist. Although the development of varicose veins is not life-threatening, the condition can be painful and can spur secondary complications such as pain or difficulty walking and standing, skin conditions, ulcers, and an increased risk of blood clotting.

What Causes Varicose and Spider Veins?

While each condition manifests differently, the causes of spider veins and varicose veins are similar. Patients most at risk of developing these conditions are individuals who:

  • Have a family history of varicose veins
  • Are pregnant
  • Are overweight
  • Have highly sedentary lifestyles
  • Are sitting or standing still for long periods of time
  • Wear high-heeled shoes and tight, restrictive clothing.

The development of varicose veins or spider veins is also a common side effect of aging.

Traditional Treatments and Their Limitations

As technology has advanced, so have treatment options for spider and varicose veins. In the past, sclerotherapy and conservative compression garments were often the only solutions for varicose veins treatment and addressing spider veins. 

During sclerotherapy, a specific injection is applied directly to the gnarled vein and causes it to collapse, forcing the blood to find another route to the heart. Over time, the vein is reabsorbed into surrounding tissue and fades. While this solution is still recommended in certain cases, not all patients require such invasive treatment. At Desert Med Aesthetics, we offer laser vein removal with CoolGlide.

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Dr. Doriana Cosgrove

Since opening Desert Med Aesthetics, Dr. Doriana Cosgrove has dedicated her career to providing men and women with comprehensive, personalized care in a welcoming environment.

Starting with your initial consultation, you’ll be welcomed by a staff that is genuinely committed to helping you achieve your goals. For new patients, your first visit is focused on identifying problem areas that are keeping you from feeling confident about your appearance.

Whether you’re visiting Dr. Cosgrove for the first time or returning for touch-ups, the team at Desert Med Aesthetics looks forward to providing you with the aesthetic care you deserve.

How Does Laser Vein Removal Work?

As with other laser skin therapies, laser vein removal delivers light set to targeted wavelengths in order to remove flaws or imperfections. In the case of varicose and spider veins, CoolGlide is set to directly target abnormal vein structure and causes the vein to collapse much like sclerotherapy. However, rather than requiring the application of medication and needles, CoolGlide laser vein removal is completed externally.

CoolGlide is unique in that its light energy can be set to several different wavelengths and used in a number of treatment solutions. This versatility makes it possible to use CoolGlide in the treatment of deeply twisted varicose veins as well as super-fine spider veins. Best of all, this procedure requires little to no post-treatment downtime. Men and women who choose to remove visible veins with this solution often find themselves able to return to their daily routine soon after treatment.

What is the CoolGlide Vein Removal Process?

Like other laser skin therapies available at Desert Med Aesthetics, your treatment journey will start with a one-on-one consultation with Indian Wells cosmetic specialist Dr. Cosgrove. During this visit, Dr. Cosgrove will evaluate your medical history and discuss your lifestyle to ensure that this process will provide a long-term solution.

When it is time for your treatment, you’ll be given a pair of goggles to wear throughout the session. Cooling gel will be applied to your skin to help ensure an effective and comfortable treatment. While CoolGlide laser therapy is non-invasive, some of our more sensitive patients find their session more enjoyable with the addition of topical anesthetic. Over the course of the session, the laser will be directed at the large, visible veins. As the veins are heated with light energy, they begin to collapse, which is a process known as thermocoagulation. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser vein removal can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour.

What is Recovery Like?

Varicose and spider veins can have different effects on different patients and will require a unique treatment strategy. While some individuals with varicose veins may require multiple sessions, others may only need a couple of treatments. The possible need for multiple treatments will be discussed during your initial visit with Dr. Cosgrove.

In the days and weeks that follow laser vein removal, it is not uncommon for patients to experience discoloration, swelling, or redness around the treatment area. These side effects are completely normal and usually dissipate within one to two weeks.

Learn About Laser Vein Removal and Varicose Veins Treatment in Indian Wells!

Say goodbye to legs marred by veins and enjoy a smooth, natural-looking appearance. Contact Desert Med Aesthetics today to learn how CoolGlide laser vein removal can help you eliminate all signs of varicose and spider veins. Call 760-777-8772 today and schedule your complimentary consultation with our team.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Doriana Cosgrove

Since opening Desert Med Aesthetics, Dr. Doriana Cosgrove has dedicated her career to providing men and women with comprehensive, personalized care in a welcoming environment.

Starting with your initial consultation, you’ll be welcomed by a staff that is genuinely committed to helping you achieve your goals. For new patients, your first visit is focused on identifying problem areas that are keeping you from feeling confident about your appearance.

Whether you’re visiting Dr. Cosgrove for the first time or returning for touch-ups, the team at Desert Med Aesthetics looks forward to providing you with the aesthetic care you deserve.