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Laser Vein Removal
Medical Center offers laser removal of unwanted, unsightly veins on the face,
legs and any part of the body. Laser treatment is a safe and effective method
for removal of unwanted veins. In just a few treatment sessions (and in some
cases only a single treatment session) using the gentle power of lasers, you can
greatly improve the appearance of skin which is disfigured by unwanted blood
vessels and broken capillaries
does laser removal of unwanted veins work?
- The laser generates a
pulse of intense, concentrated light which is directed through a small,
cooled hand piece which is placed over the area to be treated.
This laser energy passes through the skin to the blood vessels which
you wish to have eliminated. The energy is absorbed by pigment in the blood,
causing selective damage to the lining of the target blood vessel without
damaging the surrounding tissues and skin. The blood heats the blood vessel,
which dies off and is reabsorbed by the body. The flow of blood is
re-directed away from the surface of the skin, back down beneath the skin
where it should have been in the first place.
areas of the body can be treated?
- All parts of the body
can be treated. In women, the most common areas for treatment are blood
vessels on the thighs, lower legs and ankles. In men and women unwanted red
blood vessels on the nose and face, including those associated with rosacea
or sun damage can be treated.
are the benefits of laser removal of unwanted blood vessels compared to
- Small blood vessels
which are difficult or impossible to treat with sclerotherapy respond very
well to laser vein removal. Because only a beam of laser light is used,
there is less risk of bruising compared with injection sclerotherapy which
punctures the skin and the wall of the blood vessel. Because the skin is not
pierced, there is no need for bandages, tape or support stockings after
laser treatment of veins. Laser removal of unwanted veins avoids the
discomfort and downtime
associated with sclerotherapy.
much does it cost?
- The cost is
approximately $125 for 15 minutes.
are the risks of laser vein removal?
- Short-term side effects
may include a reddening of the skin over the treated vessels or local
swelling which typically lasts less than a day, although it may infrequently
last for a few days. Occasionally there can be increased or decreased
pigment in the treated area. This usually resolves after several months. A
blister is unusual, and generally will resolve within a week or two with
some Polysporin or Aloe Vera. Bruising can occur occasionally when treating
vessels on the legs and usually resolves within a few weeks without needing
laser removal of veins "permanent"?
- There is no treatment
for veins which can guarantee
anybody "permanent vein removal".
The most realistic description of the results after laser
treatment is "long term vein reduction". This means that
after several treatments the total number of unsightly veins is greatly
reduced -- generally by 70% to 90%." Most
people are very pleased with this degree of improvement, as
long as they know that this is what to expect before they have
laser vein removal. Because
lasers have been used on a large scale for blood vessel removal for only
about last 10 years, we can't know if the results will continue to be
effective after 10 years. However,
we do know that stable, long-term vein reduction commonly lasts for at least
two years, and some patients who had their last treatment many years ago are
still enjoying a high degree of vein reduction.
I expect to be "free of unsightly veins" in the treated area after
the series of treatments?
- No, but most patients
experience a 70-90% reduction in the number of unwanted veins in a given
area. You should not expect to be "completely free of unwanted blood
many treatments are needed?
- Usually, one or two
treatments are needed for facial vessels; while three or four treatments may
be needed on the legs. Treatment are usually performed every 6 weeks on the
face, and every 3 months on the legs.
skin colors can be treated?
- Even people who have
black skin can be successfully treated.
types of vessels respond best to treatment?
- Blood vessels you can
see with the naked eye tend to respond the best to laser treatment. Vessels
so small that they can only be seen with magnification are difficult but not
impossible to treat. Vessels larger than 3 mm in diameter, and vessels which
are considerably elevated above the surface of the skin, respond better to
injection sclerotherapy or surgical removal.
causes unwanted blood vessels?
- Unwanted veins on the
surface of the skin of the legs are to some extent an inherited tendency.
Unwanted veins can become more common with increasing age. They can also be
made worse by prolonged sun exposure, and sometimes become more prominent
after childbirth. They can in some cases be associated with varicose veins
as well. Unwanted veins on the face are
more common in people who have a condition known as acne rosacea. As with
the unwanted veins on the legs; unwanted veins on the face can be made worse
by prolonged sun exposure. As with unwanted vessels on the legs, there is
sometimes a history of other family members with a similar problem.
Unwanted veins on the face can sometimes be associated with medications like
prednisone and other corticosteroids, and with certain skin diseases like
- Patients have described
a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. Some areas of the body
like the nose are more sensitive than others. Many patients report little or
no discomfort at all. If there is unusual discomfort, this can be addressed
by applying additional cooling or adjusting the settings on the laser. Those
who think they have a low pain threshold occasionally use topical anesthetic
cream. Most people find it
helpful to simply take two or three Tylenol and/or Advil 2 hours before
coming in for treatment.
there any pre-treatment precautions?
- Avoid tanning for
several weeks prior to a treatment as a fresh tan can interfere with the
effectiveness of the laser treatment.
should I prepare myself for the treatment?
- It is advisable to take
2 or 3 plain Tylenol or Advil to prevent or reduce discomfort. Please shave
the areas to be treated before you come in for treatment. If there is just a
bit of peach fuzz on your skin, this will not be a problem, because peach
fuzz is very fine and fair and does
not absorb laser energy. When you come for treatment, it is important not to
wear any makeup-- because makeup can sometimes interfere with the laser
energy. Makeup can be re-applied immediately after the laser treatment, if
will happen after treatment?
- There can be redness in
the treated area for several days. Also the skin in the treated area may be
slightly drier for several days. The treated blood vessels, in particular on
the legs, may appear slightly darker for several weeks. Occasionally there
can be bruising which usually resolves within several weeks.
there any restrictions after treatment?
- You can return to work
the same day and resume all your regular activities. You should minimize sun
exposure and tanning for several weeks after treatment.
there any post-treatment instructions?
to avoid tanning for several weeks after treatment, because occasionally the
tan could be somewhat irregular in the treated areas.
You do not need to purchase support stockings or special creams, and
there is no special routine for you to follow. Blistering after laser vein
removal is very rare, but can occur. It will usually resolve over a few days
or a week either by itself or with the use of Polysporin ointment cream
several times a day. Please call if this happens, or if you have any other
problems or questions
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