What is Vein Removal?
Vein removal involves the use of a laser to target the vein beneath the surface of the skin. The laser energy is absorbed, heating and closing off the vein. Blood flow is then redirected out of the vein, diminishing its appearance. Vein removal can be used on larger varicose veins and small spider veins in the legs.
Vein Removal Candidates
Laser vein removal is effective in treating both varicose and spider veins. Varicose veins are larger veins that bulge and can appear as blue, red, or skin-colored. Spider veins are smaller, web-like veins, often red or blue. Those with small varicose veins and spider veins can be candidates for laser vein removal. Those with larger veins might benefit more from a different vein removal treatment option like sclerotherapy. Your physician can examine your veins to determine the best course of removal and treatment.
The laser vein removal procedure requires no anesthesia or pain medication. The laser is directed at the veins, delivering a pulse of light. Patients might feel a zapping sensation while this is happening, however, cooling technology from the laser tip helps to minimize discomfort and protect the skin. For larger varicose veins, sclerotherapy might be used. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into the vein to cause scarring, closing off the vein and redirecting blood flow. The procedure process typically takes 15 minutes, but the exact time will depend on the size and number of veins being treated.
Recovery and Results
After laser vein removal, patients might experience some redness, swelling, and discomfort. You might be asked to wear compression stockings to help redirect the blood and ensure healing. It is important to follow all post-treatment instructions which might include exercising the legs to reduce your risk of blood clot formation.
Patients with smaller veins often see immediate results from laser vein removal, however, larger veins might take some time to diminish. Most patients can see effective results after just one treatment. Vein removal can effectively treat existing veins but cannot stop the formation of new veins. A second procedure might be required if new veins develop.
If you want relief from your visible leg veins, contact Skin Care of Arizona today. We can schedule your consultation to develop your unique treatment plan.