Now, men and women alike are making unsightly leg veins a thing of the past. No more painful injections! With the most advanced technology, a unique design, and longer laser wavelengths, we can safely and effectively treat both tiny superficial red veins and deeper blue leg veins on men and women of all skin tones.
How Does Laser Vein Therapy Work?
The laser delivers pulses of light energy that cause blood within the veins to coagulate. The vessels are then gradually reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.
What Types of Veins Can Be Treated?
With a combination of laser and light devices – including a Cutera long-pulsed Nd:Yag laser, a Palomar Starlux intense pulsed light device, and a Candela V-beam Perfecta pulsed dye laser – we can treat most blood vessels and vascular lesions on any body location. However, palpable knotty varicose veins are not good candidates for laser therapy. These larger, protruding vessels typically respond best to surgical procedures such as phlebectomy, vein stripping, and/or radiofrequency ablation performed by a vacular surgeon. A careful evaluation with your physician will help you determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of therapy.
How Does the Laser Compare to Sclerotherapy?
Your doctor will advise you on the best course of action, but many physicians and patients prefer laser vein therapy because there are no painful injections. When the situation calls for it, we will combine sclerotherapy with the laser session to optimize the treatment outcome.
What About Rosacea, Port Wine Stains, and Hemangiomas?
Patients with rosacea often complain of visible facial vessels and general red discoloration on the cheeks, chin and nose. With two to three treatment sessions, laser therapy can produce long-lasting, superior results to prescription topical creams. Blood blisters or “hemangiomas” and port wine stains respond very well to laser modalities, but tend to require repeated treatments.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered to the skin. Although anesthesia and pain medication are not typically required, many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Pain is minimal to nonexistent after the procedure.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated.
What Happens After the Treatment?
Following your treatment, some redness or bruising may occur. When larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment. Patients who have leg vein treatments may be advised to wear support hose for a short period of time.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
Although many patients report few, if any, side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight redness and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your physician for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.
Are There Restrictions After the Treatment?
It is recommended that you avoid vigorous activities for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.