Varicose veins are those knotty and discolored veins caused by blood pooling in the legs. They are often enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins and can appear blue or dark purple. Varicose veins rarely need treatment for health reasons, but if you have swelling, aching, painful legs, and considerable discomfort, then you need treatment.
When proper blood flow is undermined, there is always a risk of complications. Some of these complications include bleeding, thrombophlebitis, or blood clots in the vein of the leg, chronic venous insufficiency, and unsightly veins visible just under the skin.
There are various options to get rid of varicose veins and spider veins, and these include:
- Surgery. This invasive procedure is usually only needed in advanced cases involving leg ulcers. A small camera is injected into your leg to visualize and close varicose veins and remove the veins through small incisions. It is an outpatient procedure.
- Ligation and stripping. A process that involves tying off a vein before it joins a deeper vein and then removing the vein through small incisions. Ligation and vein stripping is an outpatient procedure.
- Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a painless saline injection treatment that collapses the vein to allow it to be reabsorbed back into your bloodstream. Laser-assisted sclerotherapy is the least invasive and most advanced treatment for varicose veins.
- Radiofrequency ablation. Minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation uses heat to damage tissue to make scar tissue. This scar tissue closes the vein. Radiofrequency energy is used instead of laser energy.
- Endovenous laser treatment. A catheter is inserted into an enlarged vein, and the tip of the catheter is heated by laser energy. As the catheter is pulled out, the heat destroys the vein. It causes it to collapse and seal shut. After the vein closes, your body eventually absorbs the destroyed vein. A laser is a preferred treatment for large varicose veins.
- Transilluminator powered phlebectomy. Transilluminator powered phlebectomy is a varicose vein removal procedure that uses a bright light to illuminate the vine in your leg. A device is then passed through a tiny incision, and the vein is removed with suction.
Laser vein and vascular lesions treatment in Glendale uses laser treatments to remove varicose veins. The laser is a device that sends a thin beam of radiation in the form of light into the vein to close and shrink the varicose or spider vein. The laser’s purpose is to cause scar tissue within the vessel. This scar tissue seals off the vein, and blood begins to flow through nearby veins instead.
Laser vein and vascular lesions treatment in Glendale uses the Fotona laser, a multi-use laser with two wavelengths of light. By using this laser device, spider veins will disappear almost immediately. Larger varicose veins take a bit more work and disappear after several treatments.
Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins
Endovenous laser treatment handles larger varicose in the legs. A laser fiber is passed through a catheter into the vein, and the technician monitors the vein on an ultrasound screen. After an endovenous laser treatment, you will be prescribed to wear compression stockings for a week or more. At your follow up appointment, laser vein, and vascular lesions treatment in Glendale will use duplex ultrasound to make sure the vein is closed.
Clients often ask if laser treatment for varicose veins is safe. Laser vein and vascular lesions treatment in Glendale will assure you that laser is less painful than vein ligation and stripping, and it has a shorter recovery time. A light sedative or local anesthesia is used for deep laser treatment, and the entire process takes about an hour. You will need to wear compression stockings for a bit to help heal the varicose vein, but you should see results in about two to three weeks.
What is the Fotona laser? Laser vein and vascular lesions treatment in Glendale uses laser light to penetrate deeper into the skin to target the deepest skin structures like varicose and deep-lying veins. The thermal energy of the laser heats your veins to a point where the varicose vein is closed. It is very safe, efficient, and state-of-the-art.
Contact SkinVolutions in Glendale, Arizona, for a consultation concerning laser use on varicose veins. You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you can heal your unsightly and painful varicose veins.