In recent years, medical lasers have become significantly more advanced. Today, lasers are widely used for a broad range of non-invasive cosmetic treatments. Laser therapy is extremely safe and effective for treating leg veins as well as for veins that are visible on the face, neck, chest and just about anywhere else. Laser treatments also have proven effective for the correction of benign pigmented lesions such as age spots, birthmarks, and tattoos. Non-invasive treatments like laser therapy have become increasingly popular because they involve very few side effects and patients resume regular activities immediately following treatment.
What does the treatment involve?
Treatment may vary in length from 15 to 30 minutes. Heat from the laser damages vein walls. As a result, the body induces a natural healing process. Veins then shrink and become less visible. Sometimes, they disappear altogether. Documentation from medical studies reveals exceptional results related to using laser therapy for the treatment of assorted vein conditions. Moreover, laser therapy allows for customised treatment of virtually every small vein disorder, including deep veins and veins that do not respond favourably to other treatment methods.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments necessary to resolve vein concerns depends largely on the size of the veins to be treated and the body's ability to heal. During an initial consultation, patients receive an evaluation and are given an estimated number of required treatments need to obtain optimal results.
Which type of veins can Laser Therapy treat?
Laser therapy treats many types veins including shallow spider veins and reticular veins.
Spider Veins are very small veins caused by a dilation of the small venules under the skin. This occurs when the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance of the vein wall. The ability of veins to resist increased pressure is reduced in women when the body's estrogen level is reduced.
Reticular Veins are small, bluish-coloured veins that carry blood to the skin venules and are larger than spider veins. These veins have thin walls and dilate with excessive venous pressure. Then this occurs, they become large enough to be unsightly, but are not considered to be varicose veins.
What are the side effects and is there "downtime"?
The beauty of laser treatment is that there is no downtime involved. Patients immediately resume regular activities. Pain is generally mild. Swelling and mild bruising may occur but quickly resolves over time. Limiting your sun exposure will greatly minimise the risk of any complication.