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Laser Vein Removal
Laser Vein Removal is a non-invasive procedure used to eliminate a number of vascular lesions, spider veins and varicose veins. The treatment is optimally designed for the elimination of smaller veins and spider veins that are close to the surface of the skin. When performed correctly, treatments can improve blood circulation and remove unwanted, unsightly and unnecessary facial, hand and leg veins. Laser Vein Removal has rapidly become a preferred option over other surgically invasive and painful procedures. It is important to remember that new veins may appear over time due to existing hereditary factors, and maintenance treatments are typically required.
DESCRIPTION OF TREATMENT
During Laser Vein Removal, a hand-held device is maneuvered over the area to be treated. A laser beam is emitted from the device to deliver light pulses into the unwanted vein. The pulses are then absorbed by the blood vessels, and converted into heat. The intense heat then seals off the vein, rendering it useless. The vein slowly dissipates into the body over a short period of time. The most common lasers chosen for this procedure are Alexandrite Diode Lasers and Nd:Yag lasers. Certain IPL (Intense Pulse Light) devices may also be used. Several Laser Vein Removal treatments are usually required for complete removal of larger, deeper veins.
A typical Laser Vein Removal procedure generally lasts 20-30 minutes, and some patients require 2-4 treatments for optimal results. Most patients report a heating or tingling sensation during a Laser Vein Removal procedure, and a local anesthetic can be requested for added comfort. Minimal downtime is associated with the procedure, and patients generally return to normal activities within a day.
Side effects associated with Laser Vein Removal are considered standard and temporary. The skin may become slightly red after treatment. This usually subsides over a few days. Cortisone cream or cold compresses are recommended to minimize this response. Discolored skin may also be apparent after the procedure, but generally dissipates within 1-2 months. On rare instances, burns and scars may result from a poorly performed Laser Vein Removal procedure. This is another reason why it is important to find a well-qualified and trained provider when choosing any cosmetic laser procedure.
Laser Vein Removal is a highly effective procedure, but chronic smoking can greatly reduce the treatment's efficiency.
Laser treatments for vein removal are FDA approved. Patients are advised to research the experience, training and references of any provider before treatment begins.
The cost of Laser Vein Removal can range from $100-400 per treated area, and is greatly affected by severity of the veins.