Visible veins have caused much grief for millions of men and women around the world. Often a direct result of aging, visible veins typically appear when the valves inside the veins become weak and no longer close as they should. This can allow blood to flow backwards down the veins, pooling in the smaller veins near the surface of the skin. However, it is not just aging that can do this to the veins. Hormonal changes and lifestyle risk factors all play a part in this occurrence. For example, women are more apt to discover spider veins and varicose veins on their legs following pregnancy, and those who spend a great deal of time on their feet each day may be putting great strain on their blood vessels. Thankfully, laser vein treatment exists.
Spider veins are mainly a cosmetic problem, but they can do much to make you feel embarrassed about your skin. These veins typically appear in circular, web-like patterns of very narrow blue, purple or red veins. They may keep you from wearing certain clothing and from attending certain events because of embarrassment. Varicose veins are even more concerning because they can lead to physical issues in addition to the cosmetic concerns they cause. Varicose veins are large, lumpy veins that often bulge from the surface of the skin. Without proper treatment, they can become quite uncomfortable, causing aching and cramping, swelling and even skin ulcers.
Laser vein treatments are powerful therapies that can improve the appearance of problematic veins. Our practitioner will help you know if a laser vein treatment is appropriate for your exact needs. In general, there are different types of laser vein treatments. The right one for you will depend on multiple factors; however, we have had great success using the Spectrum laser system at our office.
During the procedure, laser energy will be used to destroy the vein walls and kill the vein. Your blood will then be sent to other healthier veins, and your problem vein will gradually fade from sight.