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IPL | LASER VEIN TREATMENT
   
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
  WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS AND VARICOSE VEINS?

FAQS*
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are very superficial veins which have been damaged so that they no longer can pass blood effectively. The blood pools in these veins and may appear red, blue, or purple in color. These unsightly veins may appear as a result of a number of factors, including pregnancy, being on your feet for long periods of time, weight gain,or simply genetics.
 
  HOW ARE SPIDER VEINS AND VARICOSE VEINS TREATED
 
In our facility, we treat all small veins from 0.5 to 4 mm in diameter with an Nd:YAG laser When a laser is used to treat the veins, results are seen gradually with each treatment, but further treatments may be recommended for effectiveness and maintenance. The laser is directed at the area of the vein, penetrating the skin. As the laser light is absorbed beneath the skin, it is converted to heat, raising the temperature of the blood vessel, and then safely coagulating the blood. This causes the vessel to seal, and eventually the body removes the damaged vein. The process may take from one to four months for complete or nearly complete clearance to occur.
  Is laser vein treatment better or worse than treatment with sclerotherapy (injections with medications that seal veins chemically)?
   
  Lasers are better at sealing very small veins (0.5-3mm) and have fewer side effects than chemical treatment. For larger veins, sclerotherapy or sugery is a better treatment.
   
  How long do you have to wait for complete clearance of leg veins and how many laser treatments are needed?
   
  Usually two or three treatments a few weeks apart are needed, and it may take up to 4 months for the veins to completely disappear
   
  Do laser vein treatments ever lead to serious vascular problems like thrombophlebitis or blood clots in the lungs?
   
  No, treatment of the small superficial veins with lasers has nothing to do with serious diseases of the larger and deeper veins or with blood clotting which may cause serious medical problems.
   
* ALL FAQs ARE REAL QUESTIONS BY OUR PATIENTS AND DR. GOODMAN'S ANSWERS
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