Spider veins and varicose veins are common, but that does not mean that they don’t have an impact on your daily life. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your legs, laser vein therapy can help. This minimally-invasive treatment uses laser energy to target and destroy unsightly veins, without harming the surrounding skin. Laser vein therapy is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your legs, and there are many advantages to this treatment over alternatives like sclerotherapy.
In this post, we will discuss the many advantages of laser vein therapy, so that you can make an informed decision about whether this treatment is right for you.
What are Varicose Veins?
Before we dive into the process of laser vein therapy, let’s talk about varicose veins. When the valves within veins get weak or broken,blood pools in the veins, and varicose veins develop. Eventually, they may become visible beneath the skin.
Even though varicose veins may develop everywhere on the body, they are most commonly found in the legs. They are twisted, rope-like, and gnarled in appearance, and they are usually blue or purple in hue, making them difficult to conceal. Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic problem––they can also bring discomfort and pain. Whereas smaller spider veins don’t usually create any medical concerns, varicose veins can cause the following signs:
- Swelling, tenderness, and throbbing.
- Muscle cramping in the legs.
- The skin around the vein is burning, itching, or tingling.
- Leg fatigue or heaviness.
- Getting sore and uncomfortable, particularly after exercise.
Varicose veins are more likely to form if you have specific conditions or situations. Being overweight or obese, pregnancy, genetic predisposition, and a sedentary lifestyle all raise your chances of getting varicose veins, as does age–our veins become more prone to damage as we get older.
What Is Laser Vein Treatment and How Does It Work?
You may not be capable of preventing varicose veins from developing, but you can readily cure them once they do. Laser vein therapy is painless, rapid, and efficient. Several of our clients ask why they didn’t get it done earlier!
Laser vein treatment works by putting a small laser fiber into the vein and producing a brief burst of energy to cut off the vein’s blood flow. Blood flow can automatically be diverted to other, healthy veins by your circulatory system.
Type of Varicose Veins Laser Treatment
When laser treatment heats up a targeted vein, scar tissue forms and damages the vein. The vein is then sealed off from the circulatory system. An occluded vein loses its blood supply and eventually dies. The vein is expected to vanish within a year or two.
- Simple Laser Treatment: Simple laser vein therapy is performed from outside of your skin. Doctors can use it to treat spider veins and tiny varicose veins just beneath the skin’s surface. Multiple treatment sessions are usually required. These are planned at intervals of six to 12 weeks. If the more prominent “feeder” vein has poor blood circulation, it should be addressed with an endovenous laser.
- Endovenous Laser Treatment: Endovenous laser therapy can treat more prominent varicose veins within the legs. A laser fiber is inserted into a vein under a tiny tube. During this process, we use a duplex ultrasound screen to monitor the vein. This treatment is a less invasive alternative to vein ligation and stripping, which is more painful and has a longer recovery. Laser therapy involves only a local anesthetic or a light sedative to treat large varicose veins.
Prior Treatment for Varicose Veins
We pay close attention to our client’s issues and worries when they come to Perfection for laser vein therapy. They are often self-conscious concerning the appearance of their legs and may wear compression stockings even on the hottest days to prevent showing their veins in skirts or shorts.
In some instances, pain is our clients’ prime concern. Their legs become sore and exhausted after a short walk or other light activities. This can have a negative impact on overall health and wellness.
When varicose veins are left untreated, they may grow increasingly painful and pose additional health risks. Ankle sores, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, bleeding, and skin ulcers are all complications of untreated varicose veins. Inflammation and hyperpigmentation also are frequent in the area of varicose veins.
What Happens in Laser Vein Therapy?
On the day of the treatment, it’s natural to be worried. Although you should anticipate minor discomfort throughout therapy, individuals rarely regard it as painful. Laser vein therapy is a quick and painless outpatient treatment.
The first step is to draw a map of your varicose veins. We ensure that your therapy is fast and successful by understanding just where to administer the laser light. The bursts of electricity give a tingling feeling to the vein; however, most patients find the therapy comfortable. Additionally, the Vantage laser tip is cooled, making it more comfortable to use. Most patients who have had cauterization or sclerotherapy of veins find laser vein therapy far more pleasant.
You may need numerous sessions if you have any varicose veins that require laser vein therapy. Laser vein removal is not a one-time solution. The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the extent and location of your veins, as well as how your body responds to treatment.
Got Varicose Veins?
If you have spider veins or varicose veins, Perfection Plastic Surgery can help you achieve the perfect skin you desire. Call (520) 323-7100 or fill out our online scheduling form to reach out to our helpful staff. We are excited to see you!