Spider veins and varicose veins can be unsightly. They may also cause self-esteem issues in individuals who feel as if they have to live with them, if they are unable to make them less noticeable with cosmetics and other topical agents. Research shows that “about one in five adults have varicose veins.” This issue can be caused by pregnancy, other hormone changes, heredity, and weight gain. Luckily, laser vein removal procedures can often provide these individuals with the permanent “fix” they are seeking. The following information will explain exactly how the process works.
How does a laser vein removal procedure work?
The two most common laser vein removal procedures are referred to as simple and endovenous. During both procedures, doctors use lasers to “kill” varicose veins and spider veins by burning them with lasers.
Once burned, the veins develop scar tissue that prevents blood from traveling through them as it normally would. The lack of blood causes the veins to die. Once the treated veins have reach this state, they are absorbed by the body and disappear.
What is the difference between simple and endovenous vein removal treatments?
Simple laser treatments are topical. In other words, lasers are only used on the outer surface of a client’s skin. This procedure is used most often to remove spider veins and relatively small varicose veins that lay beneath the skin.
Depending on the area of the body and level of visibility, more than one procedure may be necessary. In these cases, the procedures are typically performed every two to three months until they are no longer necessary.
Unlike a simple laser vein removal procedure, an endovenous laser procedure is actually invasive. This procedure is primarily used on clients who have larger, more noticeable veins: varicose veins. During this procedure, doctors insert laser fibers directly into the veins via catheters. As with simple laser treatments, laser light causes the treated veins to “seal off” or constrict to the point that blood can no longer flow through them, which causes them to die.
Exactly how are laser vein removal procedures better than other vein removal methods?
Simply put, they are faster, less invasive and require less down time. Individuals who opt for laser vein removal reportedly experience less pain than individuals who have their veins treated via ligation or a phlebectomy. To learn more, call or visit us at Pinnacle Dermatology, located in Birmingham, MI.