Who are candidates for treatment?
Men, women, and children, with light or dark skin can safely and effectively be treated by laser therapy. Patients using blood thinners or who are afflicted with a serious illness generally are not candidates for treatment. Patients with dark suntans or photosensitivity disorders, diabetes, bleeding disorders, or who are currently taking photosensitizing medications also may be restricted from candidacy.
Which type of veins can Laser Therapy treat?
Laser therapy treats many types of leg veins, including shallow spider veins and reticular veins.
Spider Veins are very small veins caused by a dilation of the small venules under the skin. This occurs when the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance of the vein wall.
Reticular Veins are small, bluish-colored veins that carry blood to the skin venules and are larger than spider veins. These veins have thin walls and dilate with excessive venous pressure. When this occurs, they become large enough to be unsightly, but are not considered to be varicose veins.
Both spider veins and reticular veins respond extremely well to Laser Therapy.
What does the treatment involve?
Treatment may vary in length from 15 to 40 minutes. Heat from the laser damages vein walls. As a result, the body induces a natural healing process. Veins then shrink and become less visible. Sometimes, they disappear altogether.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments necessary to resolve vein concerns depends largely on the size of the veins to be treated and the body's ability to heal. During an initial consultation, patients receive an evaluation and are given an estimated number of required treatments needed to obtain optimal results.
What are the side effects and is there "down time"?
The beauty of laser treatment is that there is no down time involved. Patients immediately resume regular activities. Pain is generally mild. Swelling and mild bruising may occur but quickly resolves over time. Limiting your sun exposure will greatly minimize the risk of complication.
Schedule a consultation and discover how this treatment can benefit you!