Important Facts About Laser Vein Removal Aftercare
These days the term “anti-aging” is practically a household word as more and more products and procedures slow and even reverses the aging process. From skin care products to injections, there is something for anyone wanting to erase the tell-tale signs of growing older.
While wrinkling and photoaging are two of the most common complaints, vascular skin conditions are an embarrassing problem, too. Spider veins and broken capillaries on the face and legs, as well as varicose veins, can be hard to camouflage. Many women feel they have to give up wearing fashionable dresses and shorts for good. Fortunately, that’s not the case, as you’ll soon discover.
What Causes Vascular Problems?
In some instances there are steps you can take to prevent vein problems. Limiting sun exposure and watching your weight are two ways you can greatly reduce your risk of spider veins. However, problems caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, and your genetic disposition, are incidences you have little control over.
Vein Removal Treatments
Unsightly and painful veins can be removed by a variety of treatments. Vein stripping is a surgical procedure used for large, corded, bluish varicose veins sometimes seen in the legs. These veins can cause tremendous leg pain and fatigue.
During surgical removal, a physician makes incisions in the leg and “strips” or pulls out the vein. Soon after surgery, you’ll need to walk around to encourage proper blood flow. Most likely you’ll be given pain medication afterwards and then need to return for follow visits. Your doctor will check your wounds and blood flow. Pressure stockings are a part of the recovery process as they help prevent swelling and bleeding in the legs.
For spider veins, sclerotherapy is one option. In this procedure a salinate chemical is injected into the veins. This chemical irritates the walls of the vessel causing it to collapse. After some time, the vein becomes scar tissue and the body reabsorbs it. The affected veins virtually disappear.
After the procedure, the area is often red and swollen and slight bruising may be apparent for a few weeks. Tensor bandages or compression stockings may be necessary for several days.
Laser vein removal incorporates laser technology to provide a safe, effective, and non-surgical solution to spider and varicose veins. Rather than invading the skin to reach the vessel, the laser targets only the vessel while bypassing the skin. Pulses of light emitted by the laser are absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood. This causes the vessel to clot or coagulate and is later absorbed by the body. Side effects such as discoloration and ulceration are greatly diminished with the latest in laser technology.
Laser Vein Removal Aftercare
With laser vein removal, rapid healing with minimal side effects can be expected. Some patients experience reddening of the skin, bruising, and occasionally blisters. These conditions are temporary and subside over a couple of weeks to a couple of months. After treatment, sun exposure should be limited to short periods of time with a sunscreen.
It’s not a painful procedure and is often described as feeling like snaps of a rubber band. Valium may be prescribed to make you more comfortable.
If you’re looking for an answer to your spider or varicose vein problems, Vivia Center can help. With our laser vein removal treatments, you can expect marked improvement (sometimes up to 70%) after one to two treatments on the face and three to four treatments on the legs. Contact us to set up your appointment today.