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Broken and enlarged veins and capillaries tend to be very visible for those with light skin tones and are more of an appearance concern rather than a medical problem.
They are very common. If you suffer from problems related to varicose and spider veins, you are not alone. It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans suffer from some form of venous disorder.
Laser Vein Treatment uses a laser to deliver pulses of light energy which causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessels which are later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below the surface.
Many factors contribute to the development of facial veins and leg veins.
Vbeam and other vascular lasers are used to treat vessels from tiny spider veins and superficial face veins to deeper blue leg veins on men and women of all skin tones. Depending on the size and depth of the vein, Dr. Sikorski will determine if lasers will be effective or if Sclerotherapy would be more appropriate.
The laser delivers pulses of light energy which are drawn to the color in the blood vessels (hemoglobin). This absorption of energy turns into heat which causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow is then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin's surface where they are not visible or not as visible.
A successful vascular treatment is dependent upon comprehensive history including presenting complaint, active symptoms, history of vascular disease, and general health and occupation history.
Varicose vein treatment may require a combination of Laser based technology and sclerotherapy to adequately address your needs. Any successful vascular treatment is dependent on the treatment provider being able to successfully locate facial veins, legs veins and any reticular feeder veins that are often associated with the superficial telangiectasias.
What types of veins can be treated?
Veins can be treated from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins (telangiectasias), blood blisters (hemangiomas), and spider veins and smaller blue leg veins can be treated quickly with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins are not good candidates. Deeper veins may require surgery performed by a vascular surgeon. For facial veins and Rosacea also see IPL.
Often, patients find that 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated.
Although many patients report little or no discomfort, some may experience a mild stinging sensation when the laser pulse is delivered. The cooling sprays before and directly after each laser pulse help sooth the skin during treatment.
After the treatment there may be some redness or bruising. The larger veins may have a tan or brownish pigment which may persist for a few weeks or months following the treatment. Dr. Sikorski may advise you to wear support hose for a short period after the treatment.
Although we encourage you to resume normal activities almost immediately, we do ask that you refrain from vigorous activities for at least 24 hrs. You should also avoid hot baths and hot tubs for at least 1-2 weeks after the treatment.
Download Clinical Paper for Vbeam (pdf, 132kb)
Improvement is usually seen after 2-6 weeks, however, the final results may not be apparent for several months. In a clinical study* at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, NY with 13 female patients, 63% of the 31 treated sites had a 76 to 100% clearance at 3 months after 1 treatment. *Source Cutera
Dr. Sikorski can help advise you on the best course of action depending on the medical evaluation. Laser is completely noninvasive, whereas Sclerotherapy is based on injecting a solution into the vein which causes it to harden and be absorbed by the body. Prominent veins in the legs will generally require Sclerotherapy.
There are several adverse consequences of untreated varicose veins, and their severity will vary from person to person depending on the circumstances. Many people who don't treat their varicose veins will experience continued symptoms of pain, fatigue and swelling of the legs or ankles. read more...
Veins and arteries, while both part of the circulatory system, function quite differently from each other. "Poor circulation" is a nonspecific term which often refers to arterial blockages. Arteries bring oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the extremities and can be thought of like a tube or hose. Veins, unlike arteries, have one-way valves and channel oxygen-depleted blood back toward the heart. If the valves of the veins don't function well, blood doesn't flow efficiently. The veins become enlarged because they are congested with blood. These enlarged veins are commonly called spider veins or varicose veins. Spider veins are small red, blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are larger distended veins that are located somewhat deeper than spider veins.
Pain in the legs is frequently related to abnormal leg veins. Symptoms, often made worse by prolonged standing, include feelings of fatigue, heaviness, aching, burning, throbbing, itching, cramping, and restlessness of the legs. Leg swelling can occur. Severe varicose veins can compromise the nutrition of the skin and lead to eczema, inflammation or even ulceration of the lower leg.
Vein disorders are not always visible; diagnostic techniques are important tools in determining the cause and severity of the problem. In addition to a physical examination, non-invasive ultrasound is often used.
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