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Laser Vein Therapy
Spider veins are a common problem among many people and mostly women. In fact it is estimated that 3/10 adults will suffer from this unsightly problem at some stage in their life. For some the appearance of the veins is so minor that treatment isn’t required, but when the spider veins are more obvious then laser vein therapy is an excellent treatment to consider. Risk factors for developing spider veins include pregnancy, old age and being overweight but they can also occur for no reason at all. Women especially want to get rid of these veins because they feel self-conscious when wearing tights or stockings.
Leg veins are common for women of every age. They can be caused by hormones, weight changes, pregnancy, genetics, injury and lifestyle. Regardless of when and how your leg veins and spider veins appeared, laser leg vein treatment can reduce the look of unwanted veins so you can stop hiding your legs and start showing them off to the world.
Laser leg vein treatment is a welcome solution for women and men with unsightly, unwanted leg veins. Until now the common treatments for leg veins and varicose veins was to cover them with compression stockings or suffer through painful, expensive surgery. Laser leg vein treatment helps to diminish the appearance of certain types of leg veins including, spider veins and reticular veins with no incisions, no downtime and minimal discomfort.
Unlike surgery that leaves scars, laser leg vein removal uses laser light to constrict blood vessels in the legs, causing the veins to visibly disappear. It’s a simple, clinically-proven procedure for reducing the appearance of spider veins on your legs that gets you back on your feet quickly – and gets your legs back to their youthful appearance with ease.
Before & After Images
How does it work?
It’s known as endovenus (inside the vein) laser treatment. The old method involved surgery to tie and remove the abnormal veins and it was a much more invasive and time-consuming process with a longer recovery period. Laser treatment is a new option which does not require surgery or an operating theatre. Instead, the abnormal veins are heated with a laser, the heat kills the walls of the veins and then the dead tissue is absorbed by the body; the vein is destroyed and effectively removed.
The procedure will start with an ultrasound to identify which veins need to be treated and these will then be marked with a pen. Local anaesthetic will be administered and a needle inserted into the vein. A wire is then run through the needle before being replaced by a catheter. The laser is then fired up the catheter and pulled down the vein, giving the treatment. The actual process takes around five minutes for each leg.
Will I be a suitable patient?
Almost everyone is suitable for this treatment. Only those who have small, recurrent veins from previous surgery will be advised to have a different treatment, known as foam sclerotherapy.
What happens afterwards?
Laser therapy treatment is a minor procedure but there is some important advice for afterwards. If you can avoid driving for a couple of days following the therapy, that would be best; organise a friend to help you or consider public transport. The doctors will provide you with compression stockings, such as those worn on long-haul flights, and you will be asked to wear them for anything up to two weeks. Elevation of the affected limb may also be recommended. You won’t be able to swim or get your legs wet while you’re wearing the compression stockings, so be aware of that and stock up on Ibuprofen just in case.