Laser treatment can effectively treat spider veins & small varicose veins by focussing strong bursts of light through onto the target vein, making the vein slowly fade &disappear. Here we answer most common questions on laser vein treatment.
Q1. Does laser vein treatment hurt?
A1. Whilst no needles or incisions are involved, some patients experience a stinging sensation during treatment. Whilst the cooling “chill tip” on our laser equipment is normally all that is required reduce any discomfort to an acceptable level, some patients choose to apply a numbing cream prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
Q2. How long does laser vein treatment take?
A2. Laser treatments generally last for 15 to 20 minutes per session depending on the size of the vein and the extent of the area being treated.
Q3. How many laser vein treatments are required?
A3. 1 – 2 Laser treatments are usually sufficient to effectively treat spider veins and 2 – 5 laser treatments for small varicose veins in the legs. Laser therapy usually isn’t effective for varicose veins larger than 5 mm which may require radio-frequency treatment in combination with laser treatment to be effective. You will receive advice on your own requirements during your free consultation.
Q4. How quickly will I see results?
A4. The majority of the veins treated with laser therapy show significant improvement within 2 – 6 weeks of each treatment. Final results may not be apparent for a few months.
Q5. How long does recovery take?
A5. Most patients general return to normal activity immediately although it is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after laser vein treatment.
Q6. Are there any side effects?
A6. Most patients report few, if any, side effects following laser vein treatment. Some patients may experience some redness or localised skin swelling that usually disappears within 24 hours. Where larger veins are treated some pigmented discoloration may persist for a few weeks.
Q7. How does Laser Vein Therapy work?
A7. The laser delivers pulses of light energy that cause the blood within the vein to coagulate. This eventually destroys the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Whilst this process is happening, blood flow is redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.
Q8. Can varicose and spider veins return even after treatment?
A8. Non-surgical laser treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins has a very high success rate in comparison with traditional surgical treatments. Over a period of years, however, more abnormal veins can develop because there is no cure for weak vein valves. Periodic “top-up” treatment can help keep a recurrence of spider and varicose veins under control.
Q9. What are varicose veins and spider veins?
A9. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-coloured. Varicose veins are often twisted and swollen; raised above the skin surface. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg.
Q10. What are varicose veins and spider veins?
A11. Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They lie closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They often look like jagged spider webs; hence the name. Thread veins is simply another name for spider veins. They are often found on the legs and face.
Q12. What causes varicose veins and spider veins?
A12. Varicose and spider veins can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. These valves act as one-way flap to prevent blood flowing backwards. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood or caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.
Q13. How common are abnormal leg veins?
A13. About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older.
Q14. Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?
A14. Most varicose and spider veins appear in the legs due to the pressure of body weight, force of gravity, and the fact that the leg veins have the hardest job transporting blood back to the heart. This can put the leg veins under more pressure than the one-way valves in the veins can cope with.