Many people are surprised to learn that lasers can be used to treat leg veins, and veins anywhere on the skin for that matter. Amazing results can be achieved on a variety of veins, from the larger deep blue ones to the tiny superficial red ones. The principal is the same as that for hair removal, but the target is the blood instead of the hair. A laser or light based device, sometimes combined with radiofrequency is used to target the blood and destroy the vessel. Treatments are sometimes uncomfortable, but most people see results almost immediately. A series of at least three treatments is usually needed at eight to twelve week intervals. Like laser hair removal, it should not be performed on patients who are pregnant or breast feeding.
What is the Leg Vein Laser Treatment?
Leg Vein Lasers allow precise treatment of visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, and discoloration of your skin by using laser energy. Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin condition and desired result.
What will the Leg Vein Treatment do?
Dr. Alex will use the laser to restore your skin tone and color. Broken capillaries and other visible vascular structures will be gently eliminated from the upper layers of your skin surface with the Leg Vein Treatment. Unwanted vessels will be preferentially heated by the laser energy and become less noticeable.
What conditions can be treated?
What areas can be treated with Leg Vein Treatment?
All skin areas can be treated with Leg Vein Treatment. Popular areas are the broken capillaries on the face and spider veins on the legs. Discuss your needs with Dr. Alex.
How long will it take to recover from a Leg Vein Treatment?
Your healing time after a Leg Vein Treatment will depend upon your actual treatment. In most cases, there is virtually no downtime and you may resume daily activity immediately. You may experience some redness after the procedure. Dr. Alex will answer questions about temporary changes on your skin color and how they may be camouflaged.
What will happen during the Leg Vein Treatment?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. Laser energy will be delivered precisely to the area of your skin being treated. You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by the unwanted vessels. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated.
Is the Leg Vein Treatment uncomfortable?
There should be little to no discomfort, however it varies from patient to patient and depends on the treatment. There is no need for anesthesia although cold air is used for comfort. There should be no prolonged post treatment discomfort.
What should I expect after a Leg Vein Treatment?
After a Leg Vein Treatment, your skin will be pink temporarily but it will resolve over time. Any vessels denatured by the laser will be reabsorbed by your body over a period of time in a natural cleansing process. Most small capillaries will change color or disappear almost immediately.
What aftercare will I need?
It is important to carefully follow the aftercare instructions. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure. You need to fully cover your skin.
Photorejuvenation Informed Consent Form, Treatment Questionnaire, and Aftercare Instructions
A photorejuvenation informed consent form and laser treatment questionnaire must be signed by every patient receiving a laser photorejuvenation treatment.