Laser Therapy for varicose veins goes by an assortment of brand names. Overall this technique promises to become a popular method of dealing with troublesome and unsightly varicose veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) also referred to as Endovenous Ablation Therapy is an effective way of dealing with the cosmetic aspects of varicose veins and a slightly different laser based treatment has proven effective for getting rid of spider veins.
Like all of the other treatments for varicose veins, this will get rid of the problem veins that you currently have but will not prevent new ones appearing, particularly if you are genetically predisposed to this condition. As non-painful stable varicose veins are not considered to be a medical problem, this work will need to be completed as a cosmetic procedure and there are likely to be significant costs involved.
Although this sounds like a miracle treatment, unfortunately this is not appropriate for everyone. If you have particularly severe varicose veins this may not be the treatment for you and surgery may be a more appropriate option.
People with a tendency towards keloid scarring (this is when a scar develops as a raised hard lump) are not deemed suitable and because laser treatments can affect and be affected by skin tone, it is best seek advice from your doctor or medical practitioner to determine whether this treatment is the best one for you.
The laser treatments for varicose veins and spider veins are slightly different. As spider veins are by their very nature close to the surface of the skin, Laser spider vein treatment involves no needles and no incisions. The laser pulses, passing light through the skin to heat up the blood in the affected tiny vein. Heating the vein up makes it shrink in size, and over a period of a couple of days will disappear from view almost completely in most cases. The patient only experiences a small amount of heat in the affected area, however depending on the severity of the veins, further treatment may be required.
The procedure for the laser treatment (also known as and removal of varicose veins is slightly different and marginally more invasive. Prior to the surgery, an ultrasound scan will be performed to ‘map’ your leg veins to determine where the problem is and also to ensure that the treatment is not going to have a knock on effect somewhere else in the patients circulatory system.
After this has been performed, a small incision is made close to the site of the affected vein into which a small tube or catheter is fed. This tube helps the doctor to target the affected blood vessels with the laser so that when the laser is switched on, the energy that it emits shrinks and seals the vein off. The result of the procedure is the treated vein, as well as the neighbouring veins affected by it disappear from view, improving the appearance of the affected area.
Recovery time is very quick for most patients and they can resume normal activities very soon after the procedure, though, as it common with other treatment, there is a need to wear compression stockings to help the circulation and prevent blood clots. One of the benefits of this procedure is that post operative complications are comparatively rare.