The latest in laser technology has now been applied to vein therapy at our Atlanta area practice. There is now an effective alternative to vein sclerotherapy. You will experience reduction of those annoying spider or facial veins with this new procedure. You are exploring new state of the art technology that far exceeds anything else available in the market today.
Some frequently asked questions have been answered below, should you have questions or concerns that are not addressed, simply ask your technician.
How does this laser work?
The tip of this laser chills your skin and this allows the laser beam to penetrate the outer layer of skin and destroy the vein. The chilling process in most cases eliminates most burning or blistering.
How long will it take?
This new technology works in a fraction of the time other methods require. An average procedure time usually lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. This will depend on the area that is being treated. Smaller areas can take as little as 15 minutes while others may need 45 to 60 minutes. Be sure to ask the technician how long they feel it may take. While you're here, you may want to consider having laser hair removal as well.
How many treatments will it take to work?
Usually the vein is collapsed right away, however, depending on the size and quantity of the veins in the area, it may take several weeks to fade out. Occasionally if there are several vessels to be treated it may take more than one treatment. As your body continues to produce new veins you may require future treatments.
Does it hurt?
The laser's chilled handpiece greatly reduces most pain during treatment. Most patients report a slight pinprick feeling depending on the location treated.
Are there any side affects?
Studies conducted on this laser have shown very little scarring. The most common side effect seen in about 17% of the patients treated is transient hyper or hypo-pigmentation; this will clear up in 1 to 6 months. Blisters rarely may occur at high energy levels, more with dark-skinned patients. Dark skinned patients also need to be careful if you have a tendency to keloid, although rarely occurs. It is possible that hair follicles in the area treated may be permanently damaged.
You will experience a slight burning or stinging sensation; this should subside within 3 to 4 hours after treatment. Mild swelling could occur, but will only last 24 to 48 hours. Cortisone creams and/or ice packs will help with the burning, swelling or tenderness that you experience. Advil and Tylenol should help relieve any discomfort felt. For multiple veins of the legs it is a good idea to wear a graduated compression stocking for 3 days post-op. Any concerns or symptoms not addressed above please ask or call your technician.
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