The most common laser used to treat spider veins and tattoos is the Nd:YAG Laser system. It is a hand held device and also has a cooling tip to minimise the discomfort during the therapy.
Nd:YAG is an easy and effective way to treat superficial veins and tattoos. Laser therapy has been used in the medicine for more than 30 years. Advances in technology have helped developed many different lasers. The laser uses a focused beam of light. In the treatment of veins and tattoos the wavelength of light is targeted to the pigment in the blood. The laser heats up the small vein and destroys it. The laser beam is focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears. Tattoos on the other hand will take a lot longer to get complete removal.