Laser Vein Therapy

What is Laser Vein Therapy?

Varicose veins are a common condition whereby the veins look dark purple, blue, or reddish, and they may also appear twisted and bulging. You can often find varicose veins on the legs and ankles because they develop after years of standing and walking while putting pressure on these veins.

There is no harm done to your body when a vein is removed because the blood will simply be naturally re-routed to nearby healthy veins.

How Laser Vein Treatment Works

The doctor will target the laser to heat the vein. This essentially creates a seal, which renders the vein useless – so blood will naturally flow through other nearby veins. You may need to have more than one session and the vein will diminish after it is deemed to be fully depleted.

Laser vein treatments are often used by those who do not want to or cannot, undergo invasive procedures. Some of the benefits of laser vein treatment include the following:

  • No general anesthesia necessary
  • Minimal pain after the procedure
  • Short recovery period
  • Little to no scarring
  • Minor or no complications

What Can I Expect After Vein Treatment?

You may have minor bruising and swelling for a short period of time. These symptoms can be prevented or minimized by wearing compression stockings. Wearing compression stockings for a week or more may be required for those who undergo endovenous laser treatment.

You will want to avoid high-impact activities for two weeks or more after the procedure. However, low-intensity physical activities such as walking and swimming are encouraged. Long periods of standing or sitting in one position may be detrimental to your recovery, so be sure to move around and stretch.

Keep your legs elevated when you can. As with any laser treatment, you may experience some scarring, burning, hypopigmentation, and bruising.