Varicose Veins With Laser

What is this?

The non-surgical treatment of varicose or spider veins, collapsing the veins via a laser beam in order for them to be reabsorbed by the body. The laser beam pulse causes minimal discomfort and is applied without anesthesia.

Procedure

Sclerotherapy is a procedure where a health-care professional injects chemicals (saline solution or glycerin) into smaller veins, which damage the inner lining and produce a clot. As the clot is reabsorbed, the vessel is permanently obliterated.  This simple and non-invasive procedure has been performed for over 100 years and causes minimum discomfort.

Laser vein treatment has more results on face blemishes and small spider veins- During the therapy, a focused beam of light is pulsed onto the affected veins. Laser energy provides uniform heat to the veins from the outside. This heat energy disrupts the collagen fibers that create vein walls, triggering them to collapse. Following this treatment, the veins are simply reabsorbed into the body, leaving smooth, unmarked skin behind.

Duration

The procedure for laser closure takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

Recovery

Patients may return to work immediately after vein treatment, avoiding exercising or strenuous activity for 1-2 weeks.  The use of compression stockings is recommended.  Sun exposure must be avoided until all inflammation has disappeared.

Results

After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. However, because there is typically some minor bruising, results may not be visible for  3-6  months.

 

Vascular spider veins treated with Laser Vein Therapy appear lighter in approximately one month.

 

Both treatments may require more than one session in order to completely clear up treated veins.