Laser Vein Treatment
Varicose and spider veins can appear on the legs, face, or other places on the body as we age. They are the result of damaged veins that allow blood to flow backward, back into the vein. They can be caused by genetics, lifestyle, or hormonal changes. During laser vein treatment, your provider directs the laser light at the vein, collapsing the vein. At Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona, the providers use the Starlux 500 laser. This includes the Max G handpiece for facial veins and the 1540 hand piece for leg veins. These quick and effective lasers are the newest technology in laser vein treatment.
Those who have not had success with conservative treatments for their varicose or spider veins, including compression stockings or weight loss, are good candidates for laser vein treatment. Those who would benefit from laser vein treatment include those with:
- Varicose veins that are small to medium in size, protruding or unsightly.
- Purple or red small veins that are noticeable to others.
- Skin over the varicose veins that has changes in texture or color.
How does the laser work to treat veins?
During laser vein treatment, your veins are targeted with a high-intensity light. Because the laser is focused it is careful not to affect nearby skin, tissue, and veins. As the laser heats up, the blood vessels are constricted and the vein is destroyed. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and decrease or disappear.
Is laser vein treatment safe?
The risks involved with laser treatment include temporary skin burns or discoloration. Most doctors recommend trying conservative treatment methods before laser vein treatment. Sclerotherapy of the veins is an alternative to laser treatments.
Does it hurt?
Most patients report that laser vein treatment has minimal discomfort. The StarLux 500 laser uses advanced contact cooling to keep the skin comfortable.
How long does treatment usually take?
These laser treatments offer more power than other lasers, offering 70% more power than its competitors and allowing for more treatments in the same time frame. Patients also require less treatments to achieve the same results.
To learn more about our laser vein treatment, or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Moenster or Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Weyer, please fill out the form on this page. You can call our Tucson location at 520-207-3100 or our Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. We look forward to seeing you soon!