Treating Varicose Veins with Laser Therapy

Posted on December 7, 2012 by Ella Fedonenko

Varicose veins are commonly found in the legs of men and women, and while they aren’t usually a risk, they do look unsightly. In Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, vein therapy offers a solution for varicose veins – and if they are something you’d like to remedy, then therapy is a great option for you. So, how do varicose veins develop in the first place? There are a few factors when it comes to the development of these veins, which are caused when the blood has trouble pumping through the veins and blood begins to collect in the vessels, leading to that bulging appearance in the legs and ankles.

Varicose veins may develop for the following reasons:

• Heredity

• Aging

• Pregnancy

• Weight issues

• Lifestyle – standing for long periods of times puts increased pressure on the veins, especially in the legs

How does Laser Therapy Help?

High intensity light breaks down the vein to create scar tissue and close it, and subsequently, the vein disappears. While effective, patients often need two or three sessions, spaced 6 apart, to completely treat bulging veins – though your doctor will discuss the necessary treatment options depending on the severity of the condition. Thanks to advanced technology, vein laser therapy is a faster procedure than it used to be, and patients are often able to continue with an everyday routine after the treatment.

Side Effects

The safe procedure has very minimal side effects, though the following symptoms are possible after a laser treatment:

• Slight burning of the skin, due to the high intensity laser

• Redness or swelling

• Minor discomfort – usually in the form of a prickling or burning sensation after the treatment

Discuss these side effects with your doctor prior to undergoing the procedure, and in the event you do experience these minor side effects, a gel pack or cool compress may alleviate any discomfort within a couple hours of the procedure.

It’s important to do your research when finding the right doctor for this treatment. Ask around for references, or ask to see a portfolio with before and after pictures of patients undergoing the same procedure. Don’t settle for the best price or special “deals” – find a reputable skin care center with experienced, educated professionals to prevent any complications.