Varicose veins are rope-like veins that can no longer recirculate blood, typically found in the legs. As blood movement ceases, the veins bulge and overflow as the new blood comes in and pools with the old. The result can cause itching, throbbing, swelling and leg heaviness.
Laser treatment for varicose veins is becoming much more common. A nonsurgical treatment sounds nice for all patients, but many wonder about the specifics of varicose veins laser treatment.
How Does Laser Treatment Work?
Laser surgery helps shrink or close the varicose vein with a laser beam. The usual vein stripping surgical approach — extracting the entire varicose vein from the body — revealed that destroying a vein doesn’t allow collateral veins to grow. Thus, laser surgery was invented as a minimally invasive procedure to restore natural blood flow to existing veins.
Central Florida Vein and Vascular offers two types of laser treatments.
Topical Laser Therapy
This version of vein treatment works above the skin using micro-pulses to stimulate the protein collagen, causing the body to begin naturally healing itself. Topical laser therapy is a quick, painless procedure that is often recommended for four to six sessions to ensure the best results. This treatment is usually used for varicose veins, but it can also target:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Brown spots
- Facial redness
- Sun damage
This outpatient procedure with no recovery time allows you to go on with your day immediately.
Endovenous Laser Therapy
During endovenous laser therapy, physicians locate the affected veins via ultrasound and insert a small catheter. They then apply heat, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. This vein closure prevents blood from collecting in the affected vein and encourages circulation through other surrounding veins in the leg.
This procedure will take less than an hour, so you can have it done during a lunch break. Afterward, patients should walk around for 30 to 60 minutes and return to daily activities to ensure natural blood flow.
How Successful Is Laser Therapy?
As technology improves, so does the success rate of laser treatment for varicose veins. While every person’s healing process may differ, studies have shown that 90% of trial patients have expressed symptom relief following endovenous laser therapy. Others have stated a 95-100% success rate, ensuring positive results.
Over the last few years, topical laser therapy has grown and become a more effective treatment. Endovenous laser therapy improves as the technology works to target the vein wall for more positive postoperative results.
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At Central Florida Vein and Vascular, our highly trained team of specialists offers high-level medical advice, care and comfort. We will walk alongside you every step of the way and discuss every available treatment option, from laser treatments to compression stockings.