Laser Spider Vein Treatments In Annapolis, MD
Millions Of Women And Men Are Bothered By Unsightly Spider Veins On Their Faces And Legs
Spider Veins, or telangiectasia, are those small red, blue and purple blood vessels that appear most frequently on the face and thighs.
Varicose Veins are usually larger than 1/4 inch in diameter and may appear raised with a blush color. They may also be related to more serious vein disorders and require a careful evaluation by your doctor prior to treatment.
Laser Vein Therapy In Annapolis
Today’s new medical lasers provide safe and effective non-surgical treatment options for the removal of spider and varicose veins. Our new, advanced laser treatments allow us to deliver a precise dosage of energy to each vein. During the treatment, light energy is delivered through a special laser hand-piece to the targeted vein, in a series of brief pulses. The light energy is absorbed by the blood vessels, but not the surrounding tissue. This heat absorption causes a coagulation of the blood vessel, which is subsequently absorbed by your body.
What Are Laser Vein Treatments Like?
First, we identify the veins to be treated.. We then proceed to deliver pulses of light (laser) energy long the length of the vessel, larger veins first. The light energy causes the blood within the veins to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessels, which are then absorbed by your body. Most laser therapy patients report little discomfort. Some experience a mild burning sensation when we pulse the laser.
Will Laser Therapy Work On My Veins?
Prior to treatment we will review your medical history to determine how long you have had a problem with your veins and the severity of the problem. We need to determine your skin type and if there has been any prior surgery or treatment on your veins. We may test to determine if there are any underlying venous problems. If there are, further testing may be advised before laser vein therapy is attempted.
How Many Laser Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments required varies with the size and depth of each vein. For the maximum long-term resolution, multiple treatments may be necessary. However, if new veins appear, additional treatments are required. Treatments may be in three of four week intervals.
What Is Recovery Like?
Following your treatment, you may be asked to wear support hose or special heavy duty stocking to help keep pressure on the veins. This will help keep the treated veins closed. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. A tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks when larger veins are involved. While each vein may require several pulses from the laser, most will disappear in two to six weeks. Keys to success with laser leg vein therapy include the avoidance of hot baths and strenuous exercise, and may include the short-term use of compression stockings.
Patients are generally encouraged to resume most normal activities immediately. We do ask that you refrain from vigorous activities for the first 24 hours. Although your final results may not be apparent for several months, most of our patients enjoy the comfort and the look of legs without unsightly red, blue and purple veins.
Are There Other Treatments Available For Spider And Varicose Veins?
Yes. Laser vein therapy may be combined with Injection Sclerotherapy.
During sclerotherapy, a sclerosing solution is injected into the vein through a micro-needle. The tiny needles generally cause very little pain. The sclerosing solution causes the vein to blanch (turn white), then gradually disappear. A typical treatment may last 15 to 20 minutes and consist of multiple injections.