LASER VEIN REMOVAL
The cardiovascular system is an amazing and complex network of arteries, veins and capillaries, all of which work together to keep our blood oxygenated, and keep us alive. Arteries carry blood away from the heart to be sent to the rest of the body, so they’re larger and stronger. Veins send blood back to the heart, and are smaller, and sometimes weaker. Years and years of transporting blood can take a toll, and many people eventually develop spider veins or varicose veins.
Exactly as its name suggests, laser vein removal is a procedure to remove, or at least reduce the visibility of, veins that have become visible beneath the skin, or that protrude noticeably under the skin, both usually as a result of aging. The procedure restores the smooth, clear look of your skin, and helps you look younger.
How is Laser Vein Removal Performed?
First, we invite you to come in for a free consultation so our professional aesthetician can examine your skin and the veins that are troubling you, discuss your goals with you, and make a recommendation for treatment.
Before the procedure begins, you’ll put on special eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Though the laser vein removal treatments are virtually painless, if you have especially sensitive skin, we may apply a numbing cream to the area to be treated to help avoid discomfort. A special cooling device is also used in conjunction with the handheld laser light device to keep the skin cool, reduce discomfort, and reduce the risk of skin injury.
Treatment sessions may take about an hour. The time required will depend on your skin type, the extent of the condition, the number of areas to be treated, and the sizes of those areas. Laser vein removal is customized to each patient based on those factors. Some conditions may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. However, some patients do see noticeable improvement after just one session.
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Potential side effects of laser vein removal include, but aren’t limited to redness and some swelling. There is little to no downtime required, and you should be able to resume your normal daily activities immediately following each session.
Safe. Pain Free. Hair Free.
BEFORE AND AFTER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Laser vein removal is usually very well-tolerated with minimal discomfort. A highly trained medical aesthetician or laser technician will move the hand-piece over your skin, following the length of the vein while applying the laser on the targeted area. You may feel a mild sensation on the skin while the hand-piece is being pulsed.
The laser vein treatments are skin-safe and comfortable. The most important factor in laser vein treatment and sclerotherapy is the experience and training of the physician doing the injections. Your practitioner will go over the risks and benefits of the treatment with you, during your complimentary consultation. The hand-piece delivers its energy in one smooth and gentle pulse to protect the skin from an uncomfortable rise in temperature.
Within a few hours following the laser spider vein removal procedure, the bulging appearance of spider veins will disappear. The surrounding skin may turn pink or become slightly swollen for up to 24 hours. The treated vessels may eventually disappear in 4 to 6 weeks. Usually, multiple treatments will be necessary to achieve full clearance of facial veins or leg veins.
Additional vein removal treatments should be scheduled 8 to 12 weeks apart. Your practitioner will likely advise you to avoid strenuous activity for a few days post treatment, though walking regularly is good for the legs if treated. You may be asked to avoid saunas, hot baths or long flights for the first few days as well. Compression stockings are often advised after treatment for deeper veins and varicose veins on the legs.
Treatment has been commonly described as a small pinprick or like an elastic band snapping against the skin. The procedure is usually done with minimal discomfort. However, certain areas of the body may be more sensitive. Discomfort from the laser is reduced by application of the cooling window on the skin before, during, and after the laser treatment. Additionally, the laser parameters can be quickly adjusted by the operator between laser pulses if they are causing too much discomfort.
Often people describe their first laser treatment as being the most uncomfortable with subsequent treatments being less of a discomfort. Likely there are more blood vessels to treat the first time round so that more energy is absorbed into the skin, causing more discomfort than in follow up sessions.
We usually suggest that you shave the area where the veins are to be treated. This is because hair has pigment that may absorb the energy that is meant to destroy the veins. It is a good idea to shave the day before or several hours before your treatment session because freshly shaved skin is often a bit more sensitive.
Almost anyone can be treated. Laser vein removal is an effective and gentle way to remove undesired veins.
In our experience, laser vein removal is one of the best treatments for removing unwanted veins on the upper body or face. The most common areas treated in women – face, upper body, legs, & thighs and for men – upper body & face.
Tanned skin can be treated. However, for the best results, we suggest that you do not tan, use sunless tanning products, or expose yourself excessively to the sun for the three weeks leading up to your laser vein treatment. Lighter coloured skin responds the best to laser energy.
If you have a new tan, have been exposed to the sun in the last three weeks, or have used a tanning product, please inform us before you laser. This allows us to adjust the treatment regimen accordingly to best laser your darker skin. If you’ve recently tanned, you may now require additional treatment sessions to achieve the optimal vein removal.
We may need to reschedule the treatment if you have had recent sun exposure.
If you are considering laser vein removal, you have already identified veins or blood vessel blemished on your body that you wish to have removed. You should choose to have laser vein removal done once you have considered the following:
• Laser vein removal may provide long-term blood vessel reduction.
• Is this what you desire?
• Laser vein removal can be done quickly and gently.
• Laser vein removal works for all skin colours on any area of the body
• Laser vein removal can be done in combination with sclerotherapy
• You should only have vein hair removal if you desire it!
• Like everything in life, you should make decisions because they are your decisions.
Usually minimal side effects. After you have had a laser vein treatment completed, you may experience short-term reddening and irritation (swelling) of the treated area. This usually lasts a couple hours but occasionally lasts for a few days.
Complications are uncommon. Complications have been reported in less than 1% of treatments, but may include:
• Blistering or crusting over the treated area rarely occurs – but is well treated with a polysporin or aloe vera ointment and usually heals within a week.
• Bruising over treated area – especially when treating blood vessels on the legs that are a little larger (2-3 mm). This is not a major problem and will usually resolve within a couple weeks without any treatment.
• Chance of developing hypo- (lighter) or hyper-pigmentation (darker) in the treated area. Fortunately this occurs in less than 3% of treatments. This is infrequently a cosmetic problem and it usually resolves after several months.
• Occasionally you can develop a skin depression (like a shallow dip in the skin) over the treated area. These changes are temporary and resolve in 3 – 18 months.
• Atrophic scarring (a small scar with a skin depression) is also rare but can happen with any laser treatment
• There is no risk for skin cancer.
We prefer to avoid treatment of veins over tattoos because the pigments in the tattoo may absorb the laser light and cause fading of the tattoo, discomfort, or a burn.
There is no treatment for blood vessels which can guarantee permanent vein removal.
You have small blood vessels over your entire body, flowing just below the skin. As you age, have more sun exposure, and with some medical conditions, you can develop new blood vessel blemishes. What we remove today may come back in the future or you may develop new vein blemishes in the nearby area.
The best description of laser vein treatment is “long-term blood vessel reduction”. For most people, the total number of undesired blood vessels is greatly reduced after 1 – 4 treatments, depending on the area of the body. Blood vessels on the face are often improved with 1 – 2 treatments whereas blood vessels on the legs may take 1 – 4 treatments. After laser treatment(s), most people will likely have an improvement of 70- 90%. It is important to know what to expect so that you are best satisfied with the level of improvement.
This depends on how many veins you have, the size and resilience of the veins, and how well your body responds to the laser treatment. For some people, one treatment is enough while others may require several treatments.
The number of treatments needed depends on how many blood vessels you wish to get rid of, what area you are treating, and if there are any medical conditions contributing to the blood vessel growth.
Most blood vessels on the face respond in one or two treatments. The treatments can be done as soon as 2 – 6 weeks apart. Leg veins may typically require 2 – 6 treatments to get significant vein reduction. Leg vein treatments can be done every 3 – 6 weeks.
The time interval between treatments allows the body to heal and reabsorb the unwanted blood vessels that have been treated with the laser. Depending on your desired end result, the time also lets you evaluate how well you responded to the laser treatment. You may choose to have additional treatments, a touch-up appointment, treat other bothersome areas, or live happily with your reduction in undesired blood vessels.
A person may have as many laser treatments as they wish. There are no safety limits to this laser type. The sciton profileTM laser does not cause skin cancer.
Regrowth of tiny blood vessels is very unpredictable. If you have a medical condition that may be causing your undesired blood vessels, then it would be important to be optimally treated to reduce the number of new blood vessels that appear. Unfortunately, you cannot stop the process of aging that sometimes brings new blood vessel blemishes. You can however, protect your skin from further sun damage that can cause some blood vessels to appear by wearing sunblock spf 45 – 60 and protective clothing.
We recommend support stockings (graded compression stockings) for the legs to reduce the growth of large varicose veins, but it doesn’t usually curb the growth of the smallest blood vessels (less than 3mm) on the legs.
After your treatment we suggest the following post treatment skin care:
You may apply a gentle moisturizer or aloe vera gel/cream to the area to prevent drying or crusting but this is not essential.
If you get crusting or scabbing in the treatment area, please do not pick at it as this can make scarring more likely. Let the crust fall off on its own. You may apply polysporin or aloe vera cream over any blisters or cracks in the skin following laser treatment.
Contact our office if there are any signs of infection in the treatment area (red, tenderness, or pus).
Do not shave the treated area for 2 – 3 days after treatment.
If you are washing the treated area, please pat dry to avoid irritating the recently treated veins (vigourous rubbing or drying can irritate the treated area). Do not use any abrasive skin cleansers or scrubs during this time.
If you blister in the treatment area, you should be careful with makeup application as the area may be sensitive.
The redness from the treatment generally fades within hours to few days. The skin may also seem dryer over the treatment area so a gentle moisturizing cream may be applied.