Seventeenth-century shipping routes drastically improved once navigators began referring to actual maps of waterways instead of the varicose veins on their thighs. Steer clear of veiny skin with today's Groupon: for $169, you get two laser spider-vein-removal treatments of the face, nose, upper leg, or lower leg at Ageless Health in West Chester, Pennsylvania (a $700 value). Patients may see visible improvement after one session, although it can take up to five or six sessions to resolve certain cases.
Under the supervision of internist Dr. Helise Bichefsky, the certified beam brandishers at Ageless Health treat mottled soul sacks with a luminous array of aesthetic laser services. Spider veins can be washed down the dermatological waterspout by the Cynosure Elite Laser, a 1064-nanometer wavelength that energizes corroded vessels and coagulates problem veins without damaging the surrounding areas.
Sessions generally last from 10 to 20 minutes, and patients can resume normal activity following each treatment, allowing them to participate in their nightly staring contests with the family parakeet. The laser's setting can be customized for most skin types, and patients with sensitive skin can request the numbing protection of a topical anesthetic.