Have your varicose or spider veins kept you from wearing shorts out in public? Laser vein removal is used for treating these conditions so you won’t be embarrassed to show your legs.
Spider and Varicose Veins
Varicose veins refer to swollen and large blood vessels that twist and turn and are visible through a patient’s skin. Spider veins, on the other hand, are smaller and are purple, red, or blue.
Spider and varicose veins are unattractive and also cause physical discomfort. Persons with spider or varicose veins can experience cramping, aching, restlessness and tingling in their legs.
Causes of Spider and Varicose Veins
There are several reasons people get spider or varicose veins. The most common reasons are as follows:
- History of having blood clots
- Hormonal influences
- Using birth control
- Engaging in activities that require long hours of standing
Laser vein removal is one of the common treatments for spider and varicose veins that occur under the surface of the skin.
Endovenous laser treatment treats large varicose veins. During treatment, a laser fiber is passed through a catheter (thin tube) into the patient’s vein. As the catheter passes into the vein, it can be observed on an ultrasound screen. During this procedure, a light sedative or local anesthesia is administered to the patient.
What to Expect After Laser Vein Removal Treatment
Many patients can walk after treatment and recovery time is short. When it comes to endovenous laser treatment, you might have to wear compression stockings after treatment for about one week. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to ensure the vein is closed by examining it through an ultrasound screen.
How Effective is Laser Vein Removal
Simple laser treatment has been known to be safe and effective for the last two decades. Endovenous laser treatment has been reported to close veins in a majority of the procedures. In cases when endovenous laser treatment fails to close veins, a second treatment is required.
If you have varicose or spider veins, you don’t have to be embarrassed or deal with discomfort anymore. Contact us at Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule a consultation. We have helped many patients using laser vein removal and welcome the chance to speak with you about your concerns. Contact us to get started.