Varicose and spider veins can appear on the legs, face, or other places on the body as we age. They are the result of damaged veins that allow blood to flow backward, back into the vein. They can be caused by genetics, lifestyle, or hormonal changes.
Those who have not had success with conservative treatments for their varicose or spider veins, including compression stockings or weight loss, are good candidates for laser vein treatment. Those who would benefit from laser vein treatment include those with:
During laser vein treatment, your veins are targeted with a high-intensity light. Because the laser is focused it is careful not to affect nearby skin, tissue, and veins. As the laser heats up, the blood vessels are constricted and the vein is destroyed. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and decrease or disappear.
The risks involved with laser treatment include temporary skin burns or discoloration. Most doctors recommend trying conservative treatment methods before laser vein treatment. Sclerotherapy of the veins is an alternative to laser treatments.
Most patients report that laser vein treatment has minimal discomfort.