25 Jan Laser Vein Treatment Options
Laser vein treatment is useful for anyone with superficial blood vessels of the face or extremities. Men and women both experience spider veins and varicosities, but these problems affect women more often. Laser vein treatment only takes minutes, and it leaves you with smooth, beautiful skin.
CoolGlide Laser System
Men and women alike are seeking treatment for unsightly facial and leg veins. Now with the CoolGlide Laser, and other long wavelength systems, the procedure is not painful. This treatment is safe and effective for deeper blue leg veins as well as superficial facial veins. With CoolGlide, many patients only need one treatment, but for multiple areas, 2-4 additional treatments may be required.
After you decide on the laser treatment, the physician positions you on the procedure table and cleans the area to be treated. A small wand-like probe moves along your skin in a smooth manner. A powerful pulse of light targets the blood vessels, but the surrounding tissue is unaffected. The built-in cooling tip protects the skin and eliminates discomfort. Because the CoolGuide Laser has this cooling device, no anesthetic or pain medicine is needed.
CoolGlide Laser System combines ideal wavelength with the most flexible parameters to offer the best vascular treatment available. This laser treats a broad range of vessels, from the tiniest spider veins to deep blue reticular veins. Patients with light or dark skin can have this laser treatment without bruising or blistering.
Nd:YAG Laser System
The Nd:YAG is the most common laser used to treat spider veins. It is a small hand-held device that also has a cooling tip for minimal discomfort during the procedure. With this laser, the heat generated coagulates the blood in the vessel, causing the vessel to collapse. The body will absorb the fragments with time.
Laser vein removal with the Nd:YAG system is easy, fast, and effective in the treatment of superficial veins. The newer laser systems allow deliver of a pre-set dose of energy so nearby skin structures are not affected. The Nd:YAG laser is only effective for spider veins and does not work on large varicosities.
The diode laser is the most efficient light source. It has a solid-state semiconductor with minimal energy requirements and no moving parts. The laser light is delivered by fiberoptics, and it is portable, compact, and inexpensive. This laser produces pulses of 150 milliseconds, and has average energy output.
With the longer-wavelength diode lasers can be used for deeper vascular lesions and larger blood vessels. In addition, the diode works well for many skin colors and types, making it a versatile laser choice.
Preparing for the Procedure
Before the laser vein treatment, you should stop smoking to promote faster healing and avoid taking any medicines that could thin the blood (ibuprofen, aspirin, Coumadin, and Plavix). Spider vein treatment is an outpatient procedure, but you need to arrange to have someone drive you home.
Aftercare and Recovery
There is no significant downtime after laser vein treatment, and most patients return to normal activities immediately. After the procedure, you will have some mild skin reddening, slight bruising, and possible discoloration. These side effects resolve over the next few days. You are able to resume work and housework right away, but should wear support stockings to keep the treated veins closed and to avoid bruising.
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