Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal treatments can help you become free of varicose veins visible on your skin. These twisted, enlarged veins are near the surface of your skin, with the legs and ankles the most common places for them. Varicose veins usually aren’t serious but they can sometimes lead to other problems. Additionally, they are unattractive when visible and appear as dark veins that sometimes seem to bulge. The summertime is especially problematic since it’s also swimsuit season, making them more visible to others. Luckily, Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal treatments can help.
Broken and enlarged veins and capillaries tend to be more visible if you have a lighter skin tone. Typically they are more of an appearance issue rather than a medical problem. The American College of Phlebology estimates that more than 80 million Americans suffer from some form of venous disorder.
VARICOSE VEINS EXPLAINED AND SYMPTOMS
Weakened valves and veins in your legs contribute to varicose veins. In normal circumstance, blood is constantly flowing from your legs toward your heart with the assistance of one-way valves in your veins. The blood is then replenished to cycle back to the legs. When these one-way valves don’t work properly, blood collects in your legs and the constant replenishing doesn’t work. This also causes pressure to build up in your legs. Overtime, these same veins become twisted, weak and large.
Often times, varicose veins are genetic. Ask other members in your family if they suffer from varicose veins. The condition usually runs in families, so it’s likely you will find other family members who also have them. Additionally, aging also increases your risk to develop varicose veins. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy and occupations where standing the majority of the day is required. Standing for extended periods of time increases the pressure on your leg veins.
Mild Varicose Vein Symptoms
- Veins appear dark blue
- Veins appear swollen under your skin
- Pain in your legs or similar feelings, such as heaviness, burning or aching
- Tiredness or heaviness in your legs
- Swelling in your feet and ankles
- Itching over the vein
Serious Varicose Vein Symptoms
- Leg swelling
All symptoms may be aggravated after sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Skin changes may also occur, including scaling, inflammation, color changes and dry, thin skin. You may also develop open sores or bleed more after a minor surgery.
Varicose veins are a common problem in both men and women. The veins typically aren’t indicative of a serious problem. However, varicose veins in some cases may be more problematic because it signifies a blockage in the deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR VARICOSE VEINS
If your varicose veins are just developing and minor, there are ways to improve the condition and reduce any pain or swelling. If your varicose veins are more severe with ongoing pain and swelling, you will need to assistance from a medical professional. Additionally, you may still want to seek treatment based on the appearance of varicose veins.
At Home Treatments
- Wearing compression tights and/or stockings
- Elevating your legs
- Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Increasing exercise to improve circulation
- Surgery to remove or tie off veins
- Radiofrequency treatment to close off the vein
- Sclerotherapy to close off the vein
- Laser treatment to destroy the vein
LOS ANGELES LASER VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL OPTIONS
The medical term for Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal is endothermal ablation. This involves a heat energy treatment of the wall of the vein using radiofrequency or laser treatment. Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal is also less invasive than surgery and has faster recovery times. However, your physician will note the severity of your varicose veins to see if laser treatment is a viable option, in which it is in most cases.
The exception for where surgery is preferred is if you have symptomatic primary or recurrent varicose vein, superficial vein thrombosis, leg ulcers below the knee or experience skin changes in your legs such as pigmentation or eczema.
If you are pregnant or otherwise unable to undergo endothermal ablation, ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy or surgery, compression tights or stockings can help with the symptoms.
GentleYAG Varicose Vein Removal Treatments
Candela’s GentleYAG laser vein removal and other vascular lasers treat vessels from superficial face veins to deeper blue leg veins. GentleYAG works on both women and men, regardless of their skin tones for Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal. Depending on the size and depth of the vein, Dr. Sanusi Umar will determine if the GentleYAG laser will be the most effective or if sclerotherapy would be more appropriate.
GentleYAG 1064-nanometer wavelength laser system offers treatment on multiple spot sizes, variable pulse durations and Candela’s patented cryogen cooling system (DCD) for maximum patient comfort and safety.
GentleYAG works by delivering light energy in pulses that target the color in the blood vessels (hemoglobin). This absorption of light energy turns into heat, which causes blood within veins to coagulate. The process eventually destroys the vessel that your body later reabsorbs and then eliminates. Blood flow is then redirected to deeper veins.
Most veins can be treated all over your body, including your face. Small, facial veins, blood blisters, spider veins and blue leg veins can be treated quickly and effectively. However, knotty varicose veins aren’t effectively eradicated with Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal treatments. Deeper veins may require surgery performed by a vascular surgeon.
A recent study by Dr. Umar and his colleagues found that the Nd Yag (1064 nanometer) laser was significantly superior to the others. Dr. Umar also performs sclerotherapy (injections) for the treatment of larger leg veins using only FDA-approved sclerosants.
Treatment Schedule and Recovery
In the majority of treatments for Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal, patients find that two to three treatments spaced apart about six to eight weeks apart are effective to eradicate varicose veins. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color and size of the vessels being treated.
Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal may cause some redness or bruising. You may also get temporary pigmentation issues, with the veins appearing tannish or brown. This a common side effect that may persist for a few weeks or to several months following the treatment. Wearing support stocking, hose or socks for a short period after the treatment may be recommended.
After the Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal treatment, you should refrain from vigorous activities for at least 24 hours. Additionally, you should also avoid hot baths and hot tubs for at least one to two weeks after the treatment. Overall appearance improvement is typically seen about two to six weeks after your treatment but it may take seven months. Dr. Umar will further discuss all these specifics during your free consultation for Los Angeles laser varicose vein removal treatment.