Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment
It is estimated that over 50
million Americans are bothered by the appearance
of veins on their thighs, calves, and ankles. These
veins can either be small, thin capillaries (spider
veins) or larger veins that we call reticular veins.
The very largest veins are called varicose veins.
There are many factors that contribute to the development
of these unsightly veins including pregnancy, weight
gain, prolonged standing, and even genetics.
Spider veins form when excess
blood backs up in the blood stream. The body releases
this pressure by developing new veins. Not only
are spider veins unsightly, but they can also cause
aching, swelling, burning, and night cramps in the
legs. Reticular veins are those blue veins that
lie well below the skin's surface and are larger
than the spider veins. They often are the source
of spider veins and must also be removed in order
to achieve a long-term result in your treatment.
Unlike prior lasers, we can
treat any skin type and even tanned skin. Most treatments
last only 15 minutes. During your initial consultation,
we will be able to estimate the cost of your treatments
and tailor the treatments to your needs. As always,
consultations are always free.
Laser Vein Therapy
Laser vein removal is surprisingly
easy, fast, and effective. The laser light achieves
vein removal by destroying the vein without burning
the skin above. The laser will shoot a concentrated
beam of light that passes through your surface skin
and is preferentially absorbed by the hemoglobin
in the vein. When the light is absorbed, it is converted
to heat, a process that is similar to what happens
inside a car that has been sitting in the sun. As
the sun shines light into the car, the light is
absorbed by the seats, wheel, and dashboard. It
is then converted to heat, making them hot to the
touch. The same happens to the vein. As the vein
is gently heated (a process that occurs in 50 milliseconds
or 1/20th of a second), the walls of the vein collapse
and thus blood flow is stopped. Over a period of
three to four weeks, the vein is re-absorbed by
the body and disappears.
The use of a laser for vein
removal requires knowledge and expertise. Our staff
is trained to use the best laser and the proper
settings for each size vein. During your treatment,
you will feel a slight tingling sensation as the
laser fires. The skin above the veins will have
a reddish, cat-scratch appearance. This generally
disappears over the next two days. Sometimes we
apply a local anesthetic cream over the proposed
treatment area if you find the sensation is uncomfortable.
You can expect to return immediately to you normal
daily activities, although we do recommend elevation
of the treated areas that day to enhance the treatment's
The risks associated with laser
vein therapy are minimal and similar to the risks
of laser hair removal. Your eyes will be shielded
during the treatments. There is a small risk of
pigment changes, which can be reduced by avoiding
prolonged sun exposure during the treatments. Our
physicians and aestheticians will fully inform you
of the risks associated with laser vein therapy
and answer any questions during your initial consultation.
Finally, because we use state-of-the-art cooling
systems, you will find your treatments low risk
and relatively pain-free.
Injection vein therapy, or sclerotherapy,
is the most common treatment for leg veins. It is
a procedure used to treat unwanted spider and reticular
veins. Sclerotherapy works by irritating the lining
of the vessels causing them to swell and stick together,
and the blood to clot. Most patients can expect
a 50-90% improvement in the appearance of the veins.
We use a unique solution that is similar to a local
anesthetic. The solution is injected into the vessel
with a very fine needle. Occasionally, a vessel
may have to be injected more than once. This solution
acts to inflame the vessel and cause it to dry up
and eventually disappear.
As in laser vein therapy, you
will notice a red, cat-scratch appearance after
your treatment, similar to an allergic reaction.
You may also notice some minor muscle cramping.
There is minimal discomfort with the injections
(we use a very small needle) and the treatment may
take three to four weeks before the vein disappears.
After your treatment, we advise
no prolonged sun exposure and elevation for the
remainder of the day. You can, of course, return
to normal activity if you wish. We do ask that you
refrain from vigorous activities and hot baths for
two days after your treatment.
Are these vein treatments
The removal of spider and reticular
leg veins is not an exact science. Most patients
achieve a significant reduction in the appearance
of their veins and are very satisfied with the treatments.
Of course, aging begins the moment the treatment
ends. In addition, other factors such as standing
and genetics continue. We recommend a single yearly
treatment to "clean up" any new veins
Are the treatments painful?
Most patients describe a tingling
sensation during the brief time the laser is actually
firing. However, because we offer cooling systems
and topical anesthetic cream, our patients are quite
comfortable during their treatments.
Are the treatments safe?
As in laser hair removal, there
are a few uncommon risks associated with both laser
and injection vein therapy. These include pigment
changes and blistering. However, because our physicians
and aestheticians are specially trained in the use
of the lasers and injection therapy, the occurrence
of these events is rare. Additionally, your eyes
will be shielded during all treatments.
How long do the treatments
take and how many treatments will I need?
Each treatment session generally
lasts fifteen minutes. We can treat a significant
number of veins during that session. Typically,
you can expect to need two to three sessions to
achieve the appearance you desire. Of course, you
can stop treatments at any time or continue with
additional treatments should you desire.
Is financing available?
YES! We offer
patient financing right here on our website.
It is best if you take the time to fill out your
request on-line so you quickly get approval and
arrive at your appointment ready to be treated.
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