1. What type of laser is used to treat varicose veins?
The most common laser used to treat spider veins is the Nd: YAG Laser system. It is a hand held device and also has a cooling tip to minimize the discomfort during the therapy.
2. How does the laser work?
The Nd YAG laser pierces the skin and penetrates the superficial blood vessel. The heat generated from the laser coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal. Over the next few weeks, the vessel will disappear and all the blood will be removed by the body’s scavenging cells. The newer laser treatments allow the delivery of a precise dosage of energy to each blood vessel without injuring any nearby structures.
3. What happens during the laser therapy ?
The procedure is done in a doctor’s office or clinic and usually takes less than 10-20 minutes. In most cases, only the very small superficial veins are treated with a laser. The majority of individuals do not require any type of anesthesia.
4. How often can one undertake laser therapy for varicose veins ?
It is generally recommended that the treatments be spaced four to six weeks apart.
5. What are advantages of laser over sclerotherapy ?
6. What are disadvantages of laser over sclerotherapy ?
7. How can I prevent varicose veins ?
8. Is the Laser treatment for varicose veins curative ?
There is no cure for spider veins. Although treatment does not prevent the development of new spider veins, the removal of existing veins can dramatically improve the appearance of the affected area, providing a more youthful, healthy look and an even color pattern to the skin. Spider veins are recurrent and thus, more treatments will be required in the future.