Laser Vein Treatment
Spider and varicose veins are an embarrassing and often painful condition that affects millions of men and women as a result of heredity, pregnancy and hormones. These affected veins appear on the leg as a raised, tangled and unattractive web under the surface of the skin. Women are most often affected by this procedure and as a result may be embarrassed to wear shorts or show their legs.
While spider and varicose veins have been successfully treated for years through conventional methods such as stripping, ligation and sclerotherapy, these procedures often cause pain and other unwanted symptoms during and after treatment. Laser procedures offer patients more precise results through a minimally invasive procedure, which heats the vein and causes it to close, rather than removing it surgically.
Laser vein treatment offers patients:
- Fewer side effects
- Less trauma
- Shorter treatment time
- Shorter recovery
- Minimal downtime
Laser vein treatment is extremely successful in closing affected veins and improving the appearance of the legs through a less invasive procedure. More than 98% of patients are satisfied with the results of this procedure, and most results are permanent.
Areas of the body that can be treated
Although the most common area for patients to treat are usually upper/lower legs and ankles, laser vein treatment can be applied to any area on the body where unwanted visible blood vessels are. Even patients suffering from sun damage and acne rosacea can undergo laser vein treatment on their face which has proven to be effective.
Types of Laser Vein Treatment
There are several different laser procedures available for treating spider and varicose veins. The best procedure for you depends on your individual condition. Your doctor will decide which procedure to perform on you after performing a physical examination and going over your medical history and general health.
Simple laser treatment is used to treat spider veins and small varicose veins that are just under the surface of the skin through a series of treatments.
Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is an advanced procedure that can be used to treat larger varicose veins by passing the laser fiber through a catheter directly into the vein. This procedure is performed using ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate delivery of the laser energy. This procedure is quickly becoming the standard for effective treatment of spider and varicose veins.
Laser vein treatment is usually performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Each treatment session takes less than 20 minutes to perform, and patients can return to work and other normal activities immediately after.
You may experience a slight tingling sensation during the procedure as the laser energy is delivered to the targeted vein. Other patients report a sensation similar to a rubber band being snapped on the leg. Most patients are able to tolerate this procedure well with the use of a local anesthetic.
Most patients see effective results from this procedure after two to six treatments that are spaced four to six weeks apart. Those with larger veins may require additional treatments.
Candidates for Laser Vein Treatment
The ideal candidate for laser vein treatment is a patient who is in good overall health, does not smoke and has no blood diseases or problems with bleeding. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations for this procedure, and to be seeking improvement for the appearance of their spider and varicose veins on their own accord.
Recovery and Results
The results of this procedure are not visible right away, and will instead appear gradually over the next few weeks. The treated veins will slowly develop scar tissue and begin to close, as blood flow is diverted to healthier veins. The appearance of the treated veins will significantly improve over this time as well.
After laser vein treatment, patients may experience slight redness and bruising in the treated area, and may also notice a slight bump on the skin. These symptoms are usually mild and will go away on their own within a few days. Patients who undergo endovenous laser treatment may be required to wear compression stockings for about a week after the procedure.
Risks of Laser Vein Treatment
Short term side effects may include:
- Reddening of skin in treated area/s
- Possibility of increased/decreased pigment of skin in treated area/s
- Possible bruising of the skin in treated area/s
These side effects generally go away on there own within a few days to a few weeks. Laser Vein Removal does not cause or play a role in developing cancer.