Laser vein treatment destroys problem blood vessels by heating the blood inside. This results in the collapse of the vessel, eliminating the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins. Though sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard for the care of spider and varicose veins in the legs, laser vein treatment is a great option for individuals who have an aversion to needles.
How Does Laser Vein Treatment Work?
When the valves and veins in your legs weaken or malfunction, blood will have difficulty flowing back to the heart. When this occurs, blood begins to pool and exert pressure on the vein walls, resulting in the thin blue lines of spider veins or the ropey bulges of varicose veins. Though these issues are usually not dangerous, they can be unsightly and sometimes cause numbness or pain, which may necessitate their removal.
By heating the blood within spider veins and varicose veins with the highly focused light of a laser, Dr. Schoenhaus can create scar tissue that closes the vein. Without a source of blood, the vein dies and gradually disappears as blood flow is diverted to healthier veins.
Typically, varicose vein or spider vein removal in a given area can be accomplished in two to three sessions of laser vein treatment. These sessions may be scheduled six to 12 weeks apart depending on the most effective timetable for treatment.
Laser vein treatment can be completed at our offices. You will be asked to sit or recline in a comfortable position as Dr. Schoenhaus uses a device to target the affected area with lasers.
Normal activity can be resumed immediately. You will be asked to wear medical stockings and sunblock to promote circulation and healing for a short time after treatment. Dr. Schoenhaus may also offer advice on minimizing your chances of developing venous issues in the future. This may amount to reducing risk factors like excess weight and sitting or standing in the same position for prolonged periods of time.
To learn more about laser vein treatment at the Foot, Ankle and Leg Vein Center, contact us today.