Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins and Sclerotherapy

Your La Belle Vie Medical Care and Aesthetics provider will work with you to determine the best treatment for your spider veins and varicose veins. A combination of laser treatments and Sclerotherapy may be used.

In Sclerotherapy, spider veins are injected with an FDA-approved “sclerosing” agent, which causes the vein to close down and eventually “reabsorb” into the body and disappear (similar to how the body absorbs a bruise). Support hoses are then worn to help shrink the veins and help decrease bruising and swelling. Treatments are well tolerated and take 20-30 minutes on average. Several treatments are often necessary to eliminate 80-90% of the affected veins.

Almost everyone is a candidate for the treatment. Patients can immediately return to work and resume normal activities after Sclerotherapy treatments. Sclerotherapy is highly effective, inexpensive, and less painful than many other vein treatments. It may take 6-8 weeks to notice the veins disappearing. Several treatments may be required to achieve optimal results.

Sclerotherapy is the only non-surgical remedy for the deeper feeder veins. It is recommended to follow this treatment with laser vein therapy, a non-invasive approach to clean up the more superficial spider veins. Since new veins can develop over time due to the chronic nature of the condition, patients are encouraged to return for maintenance therapy yearly or every few years.

Laser Therapy is a proven, non-invasive and safe treatment for the common red facial veins as well as the blue, red or purple leg veins. The lasers work by emitting light through the skin that is absorbed by the blood in the vessels. The laser then causes the vein to break up and disappear. With laser vein therapy, there is no compression stocking or injection needed for treatment. A few treatments may be necessary depending on the vein. The body will take 8-12 weeks to absorb the blood vessel.

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