What are varicose veins and spider veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, blue, cordon-like veins appearing on our legs and feet. They appear when a vein does not function properly and grow bigger with time.
Their treatment usually involves a combination of surgery and laser techniques. Spider veins are smaller veins, often blue or red, and they can appear anywhere on our body, more comonly on our legs and face.
How does laser remove vessel damage?
The laser device emits a high intensity light beam lasting a few thousandths of a second. This beam penetrates the outer skin without harming it and is absorbed by the targeted vessels. Their temperature rises, blood circulation inside them stops and the vessels are gradually absorbed by the body
Who can have their vessels treated by laser?
Everyone can undergo the treatment, regardless of skin type, sex or age.
What type of vessel damage can be treated?
All vessel irregularities can be treated after evaluation: spider veins, congenital vascular malformations, hemangiomas, red scars etc
Is it painful?
After each laser beam pulse, most of the patients report a momentary sensation, something between stinging and burning. There is no need for a local anesthetic or a painkiller.
How safe is the procedure?
Laser vessel damage removal is safe. Light rash and sweeling might occur, and last about 24 hours.
What happens after treatment?
Mosturizers are applied immediately after treatment to reduce redness. You may wear makeup after therapy, but you should not forget to use sunscreen. Reducing sun exposure could be a good idea. For a few days you should avoid heavy exercising, sauna and hot baths.
How many sessions are necessary?
It depends on the type of vessel damage, namely the number of vessels, their colour and how deep they are located. For the majority of vessel damages, one session is enough. However, knowing that no patient has the same problem with the next, you will have to discuss your specific case with your physician.
Will the damaged vessels reappear?
The treated vessels disappear for life. If the cause of the damage remains, new vessels might appear over time, even in the treated areas, and they can be treated effectively like the ones before.