HOW DOES LASER VEIN THERAPY WORK?
Our laser system delivers pulses of light energy to your unwanted veins, which causes them to close up. Unsightly leg veins do not serve an important role in blood circulation and actually hinder the proper flow of blood in the legs. Laser treated veins shrink and are re-absorbed by the body. Blood flow will then be redirected to deeper veins below your skin's surface, where it should be.
WHO CAN BE TREATED?
Our laser allows treatment of almost all skin tones. Treatment is less effective with very dark skin tones. What types of problems can be treated? Our laser can remove unsightly veins and vascular markings from all parts of the body. Small facial veins can be treated quickly without bruising. Spider veins and some larger blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Cherry-Red Spots (cherry angiomas) respond often with just one treatment. Red birthmarks can also be treated. Unfortunately, knotty or ropey varicose veins which bulge from the surface of the skin cannot be treated with a non-invasive laser.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
Often, patients find that 1 or 2 treatments are sufficient; however, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color and size of the veins being treated.
DO THE TREATMENTS HURT?
Our laser cools and soothes as it glides along your skin. When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required; however, we can provide a topical anesthetic when sensitive areas are treated.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Immediately following your treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Some veins may initially appear darker, before fading away over the next few weeks. Other veins may show immediate improvement. Some larger veins may require support wrapping for a day or two.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS?
Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur. For larger veins, a tan or brownish pigment may appear (as the veins disappear) and persist for several weeks. Our doctors can provide complete information on the risks and benefits of treatment.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON MY ACTIVITY AFTER TREATMENT?
Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately. However it is recommended that you avoid vigorous activities such as strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of sunscreen of SPF 30+ is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within 2 to 6 weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear, but these too can be removed with laser treatment.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Pricing is based on length of time needed for treatment. An estimate of the required treatment time will be determined after the initial consultation depending upon how much the patient wants done and the condition of their veins.
DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVES?
We do have other alternatives, such as IPL vein treatment and if the veins are too thick and tortuous, we can do Laser Vein ablation, which is an intravascular procedure done using special laser fiber-optic instruments at special laser wavelengths. In this procedure, the laser fiber goes inside the veins and permanently closes them. We will be having this facility very shortly at our facility. Please call for consultation to see what's the best modality of treatment for your vein problems.
Results are not guaranteed and individual results may vary. Please call for a free consultation to learn more.
* Results are not guaranteed and individual results may vary