Varicose veins and spider veins affect both men and women.B Weight gain, pregnancy and genetics play a role in the frequency seen.B Most people develop varicose veins because the valves present in the vessels are incompetent and not working.B The blood that is usually pumped back to the heart gets backed up in the incompetent veins causing the veins to enlarge and swell.B This can result in symptoms of pain, swelling and unsightly enlarged veins.
Varicose veins were commonly treated by surgical stripping in which they were surgically removed in the operating room.B Numerous scars resulted after this technique.
When the greater sapheneous vein is incompetent, it can be treated with a laser fiber that is introduced into the vessel using ultrasound for guidance.B The subsequent energy produced by the laser causes the vein to close.B Larger varicose veins that feed off the saphenous vein subsequently close.
At the Aesthetic Laser Center we treat reticular and spider veins mostly.B A spider vein is a very small venule close to the surface of the skin.B Reticular veins are larger and they carry blood to the spider veins.B These can enlarge but they are not considered varicose veins.B A slighter stronger solution is used to treat these vessels.
We use Sclerotherapy to close these vessels.B A solution is injected into the vessels which cause irritation to the vessel wall and subsequent closure.B B The body will eventually resorb the vessel and they will disappear over time. Patients may experience subsequent reappearance of new vessels over time, so we recommend future treatments if there are recurrances.
Most patients experience a 60-80% improvement in the treated vessels.B Some patients need 2-3 treatments for optimal results.
Sclerotherapy treatments usually last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.B Prior to the treatments, patients must purchase 20-30 mm compression stockings which need to be worn for a minimum of 2 weeks.B The areas treated often appear bruised and some areas may also appear pigmented.B These usually disappear over time.B The compression stockings aid in the healing and improve the final results.
Since there is not downtime, most patients assume normal activities. The mild swelling and bruising that occurs after treatments will resolve quickly with the compression stockings.