Laser Vein Treatments
Over 80 million Americans suffer from symptoms related to unsightly and sometimes painful varicose and spider veins. Laser technology can be an option for eliminating these troublesome veins.
Simple Laser Vein Treatments
Lasers can effectively treat small spider veins on the legs and face that cannot be addressed with sclerotherapy. These treatments use a highly focused laser or beam of light to penetrate the skin and deliver heat energy into the vein, causing it to be sealed from its blood source. Once the vein no longer receives incoming blood, it dissolves and is no longer visible. Current laser-based vein removal treatments include intense pulsed light (IPL), and the Excel-V, VBeam, and Cooltouch Lasers.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Endovenous laser treatment is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that treats blood leakage (reflux) from deeper veins that causes varicose veins. Using ultrasound as a guide, an optical fiber with heat energy is used to seal off the leak. Once sealed and the downstream pressure is eliminated, the varicose vein can be removed by a phlebectomy procedure (or sometimes scleotherapy).
How long do Laser Vein Removal Treatments take?
Laser treatment of blood vessels on the skin can take a matter of minutes. On the other hand, endovenous laser treatment procedures can take up to an hour. However, treatment time with either of these can vary depending on a patient’s individual needs.
What to expect after Laser Treatment Procedures?
Patients are able to return to normal daily routine immediately after simple laser treatments of the skin.
Compression stockings usually must be worn for at least one week after endovenous laser treatments. Additionally, follow up appointments and ultrasound exams with your doctor may be necessary to ensure complete vein removal.
Can Laser Vein Removal Treatments be combined with other vein removal procedures?
Depending on the individual needs of the patient, phlebectomy or scleotherapy may be performed in conjunction with laser-based treatments to deliver the final desired result. However, laser vein removal treatments may significantly improve varicose or spider veins on their own.