Over time, certain blood vessels in our bodies weaken, and allow abnormal blood flow. Such is the case with varicose and spider veins. These veins can become enlarged due to the abnormal buildup of blood. These can become swollen during the course of the day and cause excruciating pain.

Genetics often play an important part in the development of these veins. Standing, sitting, pregnancy or even weight gain can cause this to surface. These unsightly veins affect millions of people worldwide.

There are several treatments that can be used to treat varicose or spider veins:

  • Silk Touch EvLT Treatments
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser/IPL Vein Treatment
  • Phlebectomy

Let’s cover each one in more detail.

LASER VARICOSE VEIN SURGERY TREATMENT AND LASER SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT

Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center offers laser vein treatments called Silk Touch EvLT treatments which utilizes Endovenous Laser Treatment (EvLT) technology. This treatment program is covered by most health insurance plans.

This procedure eliminates the need for varicose vein strapping and permits people of all ages to find relief from the aches and throbbing pain that is commonly associated with vein disorders.

Patient satisfaction with EvLT treatments is high. A prominent study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology showed greater than a 93% success rate after two years. These results are superior to those achieved with other methods of varicose vein treatments and spider vein treatment, including surgery. This treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and has the following advantages:

  • Excellent aesthetic results
  • Short procedure time
  • Little downtime
  • Minimal discomfort

What kind of Veins can be treated with EvLT laser treatments?

This is a treatment for the Greater Saphenous vein. This leg vein is often the cause of the appearance of varicose veins on the leg. ELVeS is an effective alternative to traditional surgical stripping of the Greater Saphenous vein.

ASCLERA INJECTIONS

The appearance of varicose veins as well as spider veins greatly improves after the use of Asclera, an injection sclerotherapy medicine that was approved by the FDA in March of 2010. This technique has been in use in Europe for years.

Asclera acts by damaging the cell lining of blood vessels. This causes the blood vessel to close, and it is eventually replaced by other types of tissue.

High patient satisfaction is often the result of this procedure according to a study published in the June issue of Phlebology.

Although not life threatening in healthy adults, there can be some adverse reactions to Asclera. Bruising, discoloration, and leakage can occur at the injection site but will correct itself over time.

LASER / IPL VEIN TREATMENT

The advancement in medical procedures have changed greatly over the years. Now, lasers are the preferred instrument that are used in many non-invasive cosmetic treatments. They are a safe and effective tool that corrects the problem of unsightly vein disorders that are apparent on many parts of the human body.

There is little known side effects with this form of treatment and you can resume your daily activities without any recourse.

Who are candidates for treatment?

Healthy individuals of all ages are perfect candidates to have this procedure done. This means, that people of any skin color can have laser/ipl vein treatment performed. However, those with bleeding disorders or other health conditions, such as diabetes are not well suited for this procedure. It is important that you convey all your health history to the professional so that he or she can determine whether or not to further advise you on which methods he or she will use to treat your vein disorders.

How many treatments are required?

This depends on the severity of your vein disorder. Initial consultation with the professional will help to determine the amount of treatments needed and the best method to use for the successful removal of the veins. Although, the healing process will vary from patient to patient as each person’s body heals within its own time frame. However, in most cases, there is no traces of the initial procedure within a couple of weeks.

What does the treatment involve?

Laser treatment produces excellent results on treating vein disorders. The procedure usually lasts from 15-30 minutes, depending on the vein disorder and severity of depthness. The laser technique damages the vein walls and they shrink and become less apparent and/or disappear altogether. The use of a laser insures success with all types of veins that perhaps have not responded well to other forms of treatment.

What are the side effects and is there “downtime”?

There is little pain involved in any of these procedures. Although some swelling and bruising may become apparent, these resolve in a couple of days. It is important to eliminate sun exposure to decrease the risk of complications arising.

Which type of veins can Laser / IPL Therapy treat?
Cherry angiomas, reticular veins, shadow spider veins and other superficial veins are treated by Laser/IPL Therapy. This treatment removes those annoying veins that appear on the facial region.

PHLEBECTOMY

This procedure involves the removal of varicose veins on the leg surface. This is also known as an Ambulatory Phlebectomy and is done in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Several small incisions are made in the skin in which the veins are extracted. There is no need for stitches when this procedure is performed. Sometimes a compression bandage is placed on the legs until they heal. It is important that you do walk as much as possible after an Ambulatory Phlebectomy as this increases the blood flow and reduces pressure as well. There is little chance of a blood clot forming once this procedure is completed.

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