Varicose veins typically occur in the lower extremities as large, bulging, twisting protrusions. These are caused by malfunctioning valves that occur in certain leg and thigh veins. This condition is surprisingly common, and roughly 15 percent of men and 25 percent of women in America suffer from the disorder. Although genetics are the biggest culprit in the development of varicose veins, other issues like extreme obesity, prolonged standing and pregnancy can either cause or worsen them.
Spider veins often go along with varicose veins and consist of tiny purple or blue-colored blood vessels that are visible just beneath the skin’s surface. Like varicose veins, these can be strongly influenced by genetics, prolonged standing, extreme obesity, and pregnancy. However, skin trauma and prolonged sitting may also cause them.
Why Have Veins Treated?
Both varicose and spider veins can be painful, especially those on the feet and ankles, which are irritated by shoes and socks. Furthermore, their unsightly appearance is a constant source of embarrassment for many people. Having them treated can not only improve your self-esteem but also give you more freedom over your clothing choices.
How Laser Vein Removal Works
In the past, a surgical procedure that involved several incisions and caused significant pain, known as vein stripping, was the only way to treat varicose veins. Fortunately, doctors are now able to treat both varicose veins and spider veins with a fast, easy and virtually pain-free method called laser vein removal.
To do this, our medical team will apply a local anesthetic before inserting a tiny, thin needle containing a laser catheter into the affected veins. This eliminates the need for incisions. After the needle is inserted, pulses of laser energy are sent into the vein through the laser catheter, which seals it off and causes it to collapse. It is then re-absorbed by your body naturally.
The entire procedure normally takes under one hour, and you can go about your normal routine immediately afterward. However, it is important to note that if you desire treatment for both varicose and spider veins, the varicose veins must be treated first, or else the spider veins will return.
Laser vein removal is a very effective treatment method that has a success rate of approximately 98 percent. As soon as the procedure is finished, you will notice that the pain and other symptoms associated with your spider or varicose veins are no longer a problem. In the majority of cases, large varicose veins will regress either mostly or completely within one to two months after your treatment.
Am I An Ideal Candidate?
To determine whether you would be an ideal candidate for laser vein removal, a consultation appointment is necessary. Together with you, we will discuss the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs. Contact Rejuvenate Med Spa today to schedule your consultation.