There is no need for anyone to have to deal with the pain and discomfort of spider veins and varicose veins anymore. Today, treatment to treat spider and varicose veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as laser vein removal, makes this a good option for the vast majority of people.
Spider Veins and Treatment
Spider veins are the web-like veins that are highly visible under the skin. They are often purple to blue in color, but can also be a very dark red to purple color. They tend to be found on the legs. However, they can occur on other areas of the body, including the face.
The good news is, spider veins are excellent candidates for laser vein removal. For these small sized veins, which are typically more of a cosmetic issue, the laser is usually used on the surface of the skin. A beam of light is pulsed or scanned over the area and, over time, the veins will shrink and be absorbed by the body.
These types of laser treatments typically require several sessions, which are scheduled typically two to three months apart. They are painless, and there is no downtime after treatment.
Varicose Laser Vein Removal
The laser vein removal process needed for the larger, more problematic varicose veins is more complicated, but it’s still nothing like surgery. Varicose veins are larger and more prominent, and can cause pain, discomfort, and may indicate more significant circulatory problems for some patients.
With laser vein removal, also known as endovenous laser ablation, a very tiny incision is made through the skin and into the vein. A small laser fiber is then threaded into the vein through the incision in a catheter tube. The beam of laser light is used to heat up the catheter and, as it is removed by the doctor, it causes the vein to seal and close off.
Over time, after this type of laser vein removal, the vein itself is absorbed into the body and disappears. The procedure is done in your doctor’s office with local anesthesia.
There will be no downtime after this laser vein removal procedure either, but typically patients will wear compression stockings or a compression wrap for seven to ten days after the procedure. Since this is a minimally invasive surgical treatment, there is a very low risk for any complication post-procedure and patients can return to work or their normal routines right after treatment, without any need for time off from their busy schedules.
At the Chicago Vein Institute, we specialize in laser vein removal for spider and varicose veins. To learn more, visit us You can also visit their twitter page for more information.
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