None of us like to see spider veins and leg veins on the calves, thighs and ankles. They make our legs look old. Spider veins and leg veins are especially embarrassing when we wear a bathing suit on the beach. Older methods of removing spider veins and leg veins required painful injections and caused bruising. However, the new 1064 laser methods are much less painful, effective, and cause no bruising or downtime. These new methods are quick and simple, but they need to be done when you don’t have a tan. It is best to do these treatments now, during the spring, before the beach and tanning season begins.
How to remove spider veins and leg veins
All non-surgical therapies to remove leg veins work by injuring the inside of the vessel wall. The injury causes the blood vessel to close and disappear. Older injection techniques such as sclerotherapy injected a strong irritant into the vessel to cause the vessel to close. Newer methods based on laser light use a properly selected wavelength of light that is absorbed by the blood inside the vessel, boils the blood, which damages the vessel wall and causes the vessel to close.
The best laser wavelength for vessel removal is the 1064nm laser. The best IPL wavelength for small blood vessels is IPL green in the 650nm range. Unlike previous laser treatments with Remove spider veins
the Pulsed Dye laser, newer 1064nm treatments do not burst the vessel, but work gradually, so there is less risk of bruising. The new 1064nm lasers have excellent cooling tips to prevent skin injury during treatment.
What are the laser treatments like?
Most treatments take about half an hour. A fresh soothing gel is applied to the skin to be treated. This gel is not only for your comfort, but also to improve the effectiveness of the treatment and help avoid injury to the skin. The small special cooling tip of the handpiece is pressed on the area to be treated and the light is flashed repeatedly along the path of the vessel to be removed.
You and your caregiver will wear special protective goggles or goggles to protect your eyes during treatment.
Does removal hurt?
The new improved cooling tip makes these treatments much more comfortable than previous methods. All patients can undergo this treatment without anesthesia or pain relievers. I compare the sensation to a brief snap of a rubber band. Most patients find that the sound of the machine is more surprising than the sensation on the skin.
What will my skin look like after the treatment?
The skin overlying the treated blood vessel will appear pink immediately after the treatment. The pink or red color lasts from a few hours to a day.
The main advantage of the 1064nm is that it doesn’t break the ship like older pulsed dyeing machines did. This is a great advantage that reduces downtime. The older pulsed dye caused bruising that could take weeks to go away.
When do I see a result?
The new methods result in a gradual narrowing and closure of the vessel. This generally takes about 5 weeks. Some vessels disappear immediately during treatment, but larger vessels gradually close after a few weeks. You will see the ships shrink as the days go by.
How many treatments will i need?
It is impossible to close all vessels during the first treatment. Usually 3 treatments scheduled 5 weeks apart are needed. The third treatment is a cleansing treatment to remove small vessels left behind.