Varicose veins are unwelcome not just because they are ugly but also because they can cause a lot of pain. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment methods that make it possible to get rid of these ugly veins without painful surgery. Laser vein treatment is one such method.
In this form of treatment, a high intensity light is passed through the skin to reach the offending vein. When this strong burst of light is absorbed by the blood, it heats up. Soon, the offending vein shrinks and fades away. Eventually, the vein disappears without any damage to the surrounding skin.
A typical treatment lasts for 15-20 minutes. Depending on how severe the condition is, patients may require 3-5 sittings to remove the offending veins completely. Typically, there are no incisions or injections.
Laser vein treatment for varicose vein is the latest in a series of treatment methods for this condition. This method is widely sought after because it is minimally invasive, almost pain free and yields long term results. Also, laser beams can be directed on the veins with a high degree of accuracy. Therefore, in the hands of a skilled doctor, laser treatments are highly targeted and quite effective.
Many patients prefer laser vein treatment because it does not involve surgery and is relatively painless. The treatment method is quick. Although there is no pain, some patients might experience a sensation of heat. In that case, the sensation may be relieved by cooling the area. In some people, the treatment may lead to redness or swelling. This disappears after a few days. However, in the majority of cases, burning is almost nonexistent any discomfort disappears quickly. Thus, there is almost no downtime and patients may go straight to work after a session.
In case of deep varicose veins, the endovenous ablation therapy procedure is used. Here, a small incision is made and a tube is passed through the skin to pass light energy to the offending veins. The tube has a light head that shrinks the vein as it goes through the vein. This means that the vein is destroyed without any bleeding. However, the area may be anesthetized prior to making the incision.
The best candidates for laser vein treatment include healthy, non smoking people who are psychologically stable. Those who are vulnerable to developing keloid scars are discouraged from using this treatment technique as it can lead to permanent scarring in such people.
This treatment method has a high success rate as far as long term results are concerned. Veins fade away completely, giving the skin a fresh and youthful look. However, the treatment is not a permanent cure for varicose veins as fresh veins may appear after a while. In that case, fresh treatment may be needed to get rid of the offensive veins.