Laser Vein Therapy
Excessive sun exposure reduces the collagen layer of the skin, which makes the skin lose its normal elasticity. Sunbathing also affects the treatment itself. Darkly pigmented skin absorbs a portion of the energy that should be striking the vein, which will lessen the desired results. Even so, our laser can address all skin types.
For best results with your laser vein treatment, please refrain completely from sunbathing for a minimum of two weeks before your treatment and one week afterwards. If exposed to strong sunlight for any length of time during your treatment schedule, wear tightly woven fabrics that have ratings as a sunscreen. These types of fabrics will protect the treatment area from exposure to the sun.
After you have received your laser vein treatment, it’s a good idea to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on the treated area if the skin will be exposed to the sun.
You can ask for a topical anesthetic to be used during the procedure. If you choose this option, it will take some time for the anesthetic to penetrate the skin and become effective. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time if you wish to have an anesthetic.
For facial spider vein treatment
For facial spider veins, there are a few special instructions. Women: DO NOT put on any make-up, lipstick, or moisturizers after cleansing your face. Men: Please shave.
For leg vein treatment
If leg veins are being treated, there are two simple instructions:
- DO NOT apply any lotions or moisturizers on the day of treatment
- Shave the area the night before.
For veins in the chest, arms or back
When treating veins in these areas, the area must be shaved prior to treatment.
Moisturize your skin
Dry skin may diminish the efficiency of laser treatments. Please keep both the area to be treated and surrounding areas moisturized at all times. However, on the day of treatment, DO NOT use a moisturizer or apply oil of any kind to any area that will be treated.
Cut down on smoking
Smoking impairs healing due to compromised circulation and low vitamin C levels in the body. We understand it’s difficult to give up smoking totally, but by reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke daily, you can improve your body’s ability to heal.
2 days before your scheduled treatment avoid any of the following:
- Aspirin or other blood thinning drugs, herbs and supplements including Vitamin E and gingko biloba.
- Arthritis medicine (e.g. Ibuprofen) or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These medications may increase bruising.
- Alcohol: Alcohol impairs circulation, which can affect healing.
- Smoking: Smoking depletes the body of vitamin C, which will impair healing.
Do not apply any creams, lotions, oils, or self-tanning lotions to your legs.
- One and a half (1½) hours before your appointment, eat a light meal or snack. This will prevent your blood sugar levels from dropping suddenly, making you hungry during the procedure.
- Bring loose-fitting shorts or a leotard to wear during the procedure. If your legs are being treated also bring a long skirt or long loose-fitting slacks to wear after the procedure and a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
- Please inform us if you are taking birth control pills or estrogen.
What To Do After the Treatment
Laser Vein Therapy
With laser vein therapy, the treated areas may turn red to dark purple. This may last for several days. Here are some recommendations to speed up healing.
For leg vein treatment
If your leg veins are being treated, you may need to wear compression hose; your nurse will instruct you accordingly. No other bandages or care is necessary.
Take a break from exercise
Even if you are an athlete, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercising or heavy lifting after Laser Vein Therapy for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours.
No heat please
Heat causes an expansion of the blood vessels, which brings in extra circulation to the area. After laser vein treatment, extreme heat should be avoided. Let the area heal on its own and do not indulge in any hot baths or showers for 24-48 hours afterwards.
When to call the clinic
If a blister or crust develops, you should call the clinic. In these cases, an antibiotic ointment will be applied to the area.
Use a sunscreen
Sunscreens with at least an SPF 30 should be worn daily to protect the skin for the next two weeks. Direct sunlight on the skin should be avoided until the pink discoloration of the skin has completely healed and the skin has returned to its normal color.
- Immediately following your procedure, it’s important to wear support hose and walk for 10-30 minutes. This is why you need to have loose-fitting slacks/skirt and comfortable walking shoes with you.
- About 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, the compression pads/cotton balls that were placed over the veins are gently removed. Note: If you develop a tape allergy as seen by redness or a rash, simply remove the tape and put on support stockings.
- If you remove the tape prior to 24 hours, try to wear support hose. If sclerotherapy was not performed on your ankles, you may cut the feet off the support hose and wear them like this.
- Maintain normal activities as much as possible. Walk as often as you can and avoid standing in the same position for prolonged periods of time.
- Avoid strenuous physical activities, such as high-impact aerobics, running, and weight lifting for the first 48-72 hours following treatment.
- Avoid hot baths for 2 weeks. Cool your legs with cold water after each shower.
- Avoid sunbathing and ultraviolet exposure for at least one week following treatment.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for 48 hours following treatment.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, etc.) for 24-48 hours following treatment.
- If you experience any redness or a small lump, use warm compresses over the area several times a day.
Apply Polysporin ointment (NOT Neosporin) along with warm compresses.
- Avoid flying for 48 hours after Sclerotherapy treatment.