Laser Vein Removal
Spider veins and varicose veins can be painful and embarrassing. They can also keep you from wearing your favorite clothes.
In the past, the only option was to wear compression socks and cover them up. But now, laser therapy can permanently remove unsightly veins.
Why is laser vein removal so effective?
Safe Treatment, Dramatic Results
Medical lasers are extremely precise. The minimally invasive treatment safely targets veins while leaving surrounding areas unaffected.
Unlike surgical vein removal, laser treatment requires little to no downtime. Many patients can immediately resume normal activities, including exercise.
While it cannot prevent the growth of new veins, laser vein removal can permanently clear up and smooth out your skin.
Varicose Veins Affect a Staggering Number of People
But Isn’t Laser Treatment Expensive?
Laser vein removal starts at about $600, but can cost as much as $3,000. This is comparable to surgical removal, which ranges from $1,500 to $3,000. While vein removal for cosmetic reasons are not usually covered, insurance should pay for part or all of procedures performed to relieve discomfort. Remember that this is a permanent investment and many doctors accept financing to cover out-of-pocket costs.
The Treatment Process: A Closer Look
In order to remove spider veins, the doctor will simply apply a handheld device to the skin. The laser will precisely target the underlying vein, causing it to shrink. Several sessions may be needed before it disappears completely.
Varicose vein removal is slightly more involved:
First, local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area.
Second, a small incision is made in the leg and a tube containing a laser fiber will be inserted beneath the skin.
Then, laser energy is applied to shrink, tighten, and seal veins.
Finally, your doctor can close the incision and place a compression sock on your leg.
Consult with a Doctor
Your doctor may begin with self-care tips, such as elevating your legs, avoiding sitting or standing for too long, and exercise. However, it is important to keep in mind that while these habits can minimize your risk of blood clots but will not usually affect the appearance of veins.
Whether you are plagued by discomfort or miss wearing shorts and skirts with confidence, treatment is available. Schedule an appointment with a doctor today to learn more.