The laser light is absorbed by the pigment of the blood in the veins. This causes the vein to heat up and eventually collapse.
What type of veins can be treated with laser?
Spider veins and leg veins can be treated while larger varicose veins will require a different type of treatment.
When will I see results?
Generally, you will notice results within 2 to 6 weeks after treatment. Final results may not be apparent for several months.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally, just one to two treatments is needed. However, the number of treatments necessary will depend on the number, color and size of the veins being treated.
What will I experience with the treatments?
Most patients describe a mild stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered. Anesthesia is not required for treatment.
Is there any downtime?
No. You may be advised to wear support hose for 3 days or more after treatment. It is best if you avoid strenuous physical activity for 72 hours after treatment. You should avoid hot baths and saunas for 2 weeks as heat can cause the blood vessels to dilate.
Are there any side effects?
You may notice some reddening and swelling in the area of treatment. This typically lasts less than 24 hours. In rare instances, bruising or blistering may occur. Be sure to contact Dr. Sohayda should you experience either of these side effects.
Is there anything I should do prior to treatment?
Yes. You should avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and the use of self-tanning lotion for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. Bring your compression hose with you to your appointment if instructed to do so.
Is there anything I should avoid after treatment?
Yes. You should avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and the use of self-tanning lotions for 2 months after your treatments. It is best if you avoid strenuous physical activity for 72 hours after treatment. You should avoid hot baths and saunas for 2 weeks as heat can cause the blood vessels to dilate.
Please remember that laser therapy is only treating the visible symptoms. The cause of your abnormal veins is still present. New abnormal veins may form and require future treatments. Wearing support hose on a regular basis may reduce the need for further treatment.