WHY LASER FOR TREATMENT OF LEG VEINS?
It diminishes the appearance without the pain of surgical treatments and lengthy downtimes.
The laser light targets and constricts the blood vessels in the leg that cause spider veins without harming the surrounding tissue.
Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.
How do I know if I am a candidate for laser vein treatment?
All individuals are evaluated prior to laser therapy. Spider veins do not cause symptoms and are of a cosmetic concern only.
For those who have symptoms, further investigation is done to ensure that they do not have varicose veins. Laser therapy is most effective for the very small spider veins and not used to treat large varicose veins.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LASER FOR LEG VEINS?
-15-60 minute treatment
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING AND AFTER THE TREATMENT?
- The sensation of light is sometimes uncomfortable and may feel like a moderate to severe pinprick or flash of heat
- A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours
- Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, but it is usually resolved in 2-3 days
- The area treated may occasionally be bruised
- There may be an increased length of social downtime associated with the level of treatment
PRE TREATMENT CARE
- No sun exposure, tanning beds, and sunless tanning cream for 4-6 weeks prior to treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of post treatment complications
- Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF 30+. We recommend Brush on Block, Avene Mineral SPF 50, and blue lizard. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun. It is recommended to make this part of your skin care routine
- Avoid use of aspirin, alcohol, and do not smoke for at least a week prior to the procedure
- On the day of the treatment, one should avoid all creams, lotions, and moisturizers on the area that is going to be treated
- Test spots may be performed to determine effective treatment settings
POST TREATMENT CARE
- Apply wrapped ice or gel packs, only if necessary, 3 hours after treatment. Never apply ice directly to skin
- An oral, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen such as Advil) or an analgesic (acetaminophen such as Tylenol) may be taken to reduce discomfort
- Bathe and shower as usual. Treated areas may be temperature-sensitive
- Do not push or pull on areas where vascular lesions were treated
- Do not shave the treated area if crusting is evident
- Avoid sun exposure between treatments. Apply recommended SPF daily
- Healing can be facilitated by wearing support hose
- Once the skin is healed, continue back on the recommended Environ/Avene treatment regimen to maintain optimal results