Unfortunately, both varicose veins and spider veins can do more than just affect the appearance of the individual. In many cases, these veins can be extremely uncomfortable. Certain varicose veins can place the individual at risk for serious complications such as open sores on the legs or a blood clot. There are medical professionals specializing in treating varicose veins and spider veins using laser vein treatment. This treatment is often recommended for individuals suffering from varicose veins. This being said, treatment is not always necessary for varicose veins. If the individual has unsightly or bulging varicose veins, this procedure is a good option for aesthetic reasons. If the individual is in pain, laser vein treatment is more of a necessity than an elective.
This treatment provides relief for inflammation, soreness and the irritated skin surrounding the top of the inflamed and swollen veins. There are two different types of laser procedures for treating varicose veins. The first is called simple laser treatment. This procedure is non-invasive with no incisions being made through the skin. This procedure is the most frequently used for the treatment of very small spider veins and varicose veins that are close to the skin’s surface. Several sessions are necessary for this treatment. Each session is between six and twelve weeks apart. This depends on the severity of the veins. This procedure has been performed for over 20 years, has been tried and tested, has high safety ratings and a high rate of success. This is the laser vein treatment we offer here at DermaNuva Skin & Health Care.
The second treatment is called endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). An ablation for varicose veins using an endovenous laser becomes necessary when the varicose veins are severely swollen. The treatment involves applying the heat from the laser inside of the vein. The word endovenous actually means inside the vein. The procedure is considered a less painful and safer alternative for other types of treatments for spider veins or varicose veins including stripping and ligation. Only local anesthesia or light sedation is necessary for endovenous laser treatment. General anesthesia is required for both stripping and ligation. The success rate of an endovenous treatment is 94 percent. The most important component of the success rate is the skill of the medical professional performing the treatment.
If the desired result of the individual was not achieved during the first treatment, another procedure can be performed. This is generally preferable to looking for a different kind of treatment such as sclerotherapy or radiofrequency. In a fairly rare circumstance where every available treatment method fails, having vein surgery is the last resort. The reason endovenous laser vein treatment is such a popular option as opposed to surgery is that the procedure usually occurs on an outpatient basis and the treatment is minimally-invasive. Leg veins can be reduced or eliminated using a minimally-invasive treatment. Symptoms such as fatigue and pain can also be eliminated through a minimally-invasive procedure in addition to preventing potential future complications.
Spider veins and varicose veins are veins that have become damaged. The development of these veins is due to a weakening of one-way, very tiny valves located inside the veins. When the veins are healthy, blood is pushed by these valves in one direction. This is back towards your heart. Once the valves have become weak, some of your blood accumulates in your vein because it is flowing in the wrong direction. When your vein contains excess blood, the pressure is placed on the vein walls. The constant pressure will cause the walls of your veins to bulge and weaken. As time passes, a spider vein or varicose vein will develop. The risk of developing these veins is higher for some individuals than others. Your risk is higher if any of your blood relatives have had these veins.
A lot of people are affected by these veins because they are spending so much time standing or sitting nearly every day of the week. During pregnancy and as the body ages, spider veins and varicose veins become more common. The cause of spider veins can also be an injury, hormonal changes and sunlight. Prior to recommending a laser vein treatment, the medical professional may recommend self-care. This generally involves advice for improving your circulation. This may include:
• Avoiding spending a long period of time in a bath
• Elevating your legs
• Walking or standing every 30 minutes, especially if you work a desk job
These recommendations can help prevent the development of new spider veins and varicose veins but will not remove any veins you already have. Another alternative is compression stockings. The application of steady pressure will send your blood in the correct direction, back to your heart. The pressure will also reduce the risk of a blood clot while decreasing the swelling in your lower legs. Your leg veins will still be visible. If the medical professional recommends trying compression stockings, an examination will be performed to ensure you receive the correct amount of pressure and the right size. One of the most frequently recommended options is laser vein treatment. The laser focuses a beam of light. The medical professional uses this light for the treatment of your varicose veins.
The heat from the laser causes damage to your veins. This results in the formation of scar tissue. Your vein is closed by this scar tissue. The vein will probably disappear within one to two years. The simple laser vein treatment is performed outside of your skin. You can have tiny varicose veins and spider veins treated if they are located just beneath the surface of your skin. In most instances, multiple sessions are necessary. The medical professional will schedule a laser vein treatment every six to twelve weeks.
You can have bigger varicose veins located in your legs treated with endovenous laser treatment. This involves passing a fiber through a catheter or a thin tube into your vein. The medical professional sees your vein on an ultrasound screen during the procedure. Lasers are not painful like stripping and ligation and have a shorter period of recovery. Only a light sedative or local anesthesia is necessary for this procedure. You need to be put to sleep with general anesthesia for both stripping and ligation.
The Laser Vein Treatment Procedure
In excess of 80 million Americans are suffering from symptoms linked to often painful and unsightly spider veins and varicose veins. One of the best options for eliminating these veins is laser technology. Despite the surgical options available for the treatment of varicose veins, most individuals do not want to have surgery for any condition that is not life-threatening. This is one of the reasons the less invasive options for treatment were developed. One of the most popular is a laser. If you have varicose veins, invasive surgery is no longer your only option. Although stripping or litigation may still be necessary in certain cases, the majority of varicose veins can be successfully treated with one of the newer options such as lasers.
Although this treatment is simple, understanding how the procedure is performed is helpful. During your consultation, the medical professional will explain the details of the treatment. This includes the benefits, the expected results, the type of anesthesia being used, etc. The medical professional will encourage you to ask questions. Doing so will provide a better understanding and help you to relax. You will need to know which supplements and medications you are using because this information will be required. This is especially important if you are taking any medications that thin your blood or have allergies or existing medical conditions. In most cases, you will need an imaging scan like an ultrasound prior to your procedure. This is so the medical professional can examine your vein.
You need to tell the medical professional if you have any dye contrast material allergies. This material may be used during your imaging procedures. The research conducted on this method has shown the procedure is both safe and effective. Your damaged veins are broken down using pulsed light. None of your surrounding tissues are affected. You body will then absorb the treated vein. During your procedure, the laser unit will be held to your skin by the medical professional. You may feel a slight pinch from the laser but you should not feel any pain.
Your laser vein treatment will require approximately 20 minutes. Depending on the severity, density and size of your varicose vein, more than one treatment may be necessary. After your procedure, you will be able to resume your normal life, such as running errands or performing your job. There are specific instructions the medical professional will need you to follow. This generally includes:
• Avoiding any type of high-impact exercise, especially aerobics
• Limiting the amount of time you spend in the sun
• Informing the medical professional of any medications you are taking that may affect the appearance of your skin
Following the recommendations of the medical professional should eliminate any potential difficulties. Once your varicose veins have been treated, you will have more freedom. Lasers are also an effective treatment for small spider veins on the face and legs unable to be treated using sclerotherapy. This procedure uses a beam of light from a highly focused laser to penetrate your skin so heat energy can be delivered into your vein. This enables your vein to seal itself from the blood source. Once the incoming blood is no longer available, your vein will dissolve and no longer be visible.
The Benefits of Laser Vein Treatment
The reason so many men and women seek treatment for varicose veins is because they are uncomfortable and unattractive. In the past, the only option for varicose veins was surgery resulting in a lot of downtime and discomfort. The current treatments are much easier due to modern technology. Concentrated laser energy has become one of the most common procedures for the elimination of varicose veins. There are numerous benefits for treating painful, large varicose veins with lasers. This includes:
• Feeling Better about the Way You Look: Once your varicose veins have been eliminated, you will no longer need to use a concealer when you want to wear dresses, shirts or shorts. Wearing anything you like will save you time when you dress to go out. Your self-confidence will improve because the concern about someone noticing your varicose veins will no longer exist.
• Minimally-Invasive: Laser vein treatment is a minimally-invasive procedure that will not cause you any pain. A narrow catheter is inserted through tiny incisions for the delivery of concentrated laser energy right into your vein. Your vein is heated and destroyed by the laser energy with no damage to the surrounding tissue and skin. Your treatment should only require a few minutes with no anesthesia necessary. There is no pain, scarring or stitches with this procedure.
• Feeling Less Discomfort: You can eliminate the discomfort and pain caused by your varicose veins by having them treated. An ultrasound will be performed by the medical professional to diagnose and create a type of map of all your veins. This means the source of your varicose veins can be eliminated as opposed to just treating any veins you can see through your skin. Eliminating the underlying issues is very important.
• Little to No Downtime: The majority of individuals are able to go back to work or their standard activities the day of or the day after their treatment. This means your unsightly veins can be eliminated without causing any major disruptions in your life. Most patients experience either extremely little or no discomfort after this treatment. You will need to protect the areas you had treated from the sun for several days after your procedure.
• Sleeping Better at Night: If you are unable to sleep at night due to the pain in your legs causing you to shake and move them, you may have restless leg syndrome. This is considered a sleeping disorder because it disrupts sleep. The results from some studies show there may be a link between varicose veins and restless leg syndrome. This means having your varicose veins treated may help improve your sleep.
• Eliminating Varicose Veins: Lasers damage your veins until they collapse. The vein is then reabsorbed by your body. This is considered a permanent solution because the procedure completely eliminates your varicose veins. If a new varicose vein forms in the future, you will need to have another treatment. Talking to the medical professional about the best ways to reduce your risk of developing more varicose veins can decrease your risk in the future.
• Increasing Your Mobility: The swelling resulting from varicose veins can cause interference with standard movements. This means your varicose veins may have made you less active than in the past. Your treatment may eliminate the source of your swelling. This will enable you to perform all of the activities you enjoyed prior to being limited by your varicose veins.
• Effective for Most Individuals: Laser vein treatment has been shown to be an effective treatment for veins for both men and women. Almost any type of skin has a good response to the treatment. You can have both small and large veins treated in addition to veins deeper beneath your skin. These veins can be located through ultrasound imagery. This enables the laser energy to be guided to the precise location of the vein. Most individuals are a good candidate for this type of treatment.