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Superficial leg veins affect millions of people worldwide, and treatment of these vessels is a common dermatologic request. In recent years, the advance of lasers has led to the use of numerous laser and light devices intended to treat these superficial vessels. You might be one of the many people who are affected by the appearance of veins on your legs. Veins are actually dilated or stretched blood vessels instead of broken blood vessels as is commonly thought. Although their precise cause is unknown, it is thought that heredity, excessive standing, weight gain, hormonal changes, and pregnancy may be some of the causes.

Approximately 50% to 60% of men and women worldwide have unsightly leg veins. While sclerotherapy is an option for the removal of superficial leg veins, there are known side effects, and some veins will not respond to sclerotherapy. Laser technology has become an important factor in the treatment of vascular lesions. Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena uses laser therapy and sclerotherapy injections in combination to offer an approach to the treatment of smaller lower leg veins and spider veins. Non-invasive laser vein treatments have become increasingly popular in recent years for surface veins too small to address with sclerotherapy. These laser vein treatments do not involve any needle injections, but rather work across the surface of your skin. Light or dark skin types can be treated safely and effectively, usually in a small number of treatments. An initial consultation can help determine if this option is viable for treatment of your problem veins.

Sclerotherapy Procedure

At Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, we use the best and most standard treatment for laser vein removal. Laser vein removal is an easy, fast, and effective way to treat superficial veins. The laser uses a focused beam of light and in the treatment of veins, the wavelength of light is targeted to the pigment in the blood. The laser heats up the small vein and destroys it. The laser beam is focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

Your laser therapy procedure will be performed in your dermatologist’s office and will usually take less than 30 minutes. In most cases, only the very small superficial veins are treated with a laser. The majority of individuals do not require any type of anesthesia, but for those who are squeamish or anticipate pain, your dermatologist may apply a topical anesthetic 20 minutes prior to the procedure. Most current day lasers also have a cooling system, which prevents the tip of the laser from getting hot. During your treatment, you may feel a slight tingling sensation as the laser fires.

The Results of Your Sclerotherapy Treatment

The results of laser treatment are not immediate. After the laser therapy, the vessels underneath the skin will gradually change from a dark blue to light red color, then eventually disappear in two to six weeks. Most patients report a high degree of satisfaction with the procedure and relief at no longer having to hide unsightly veins. The treated areas are noticeably clearer and in most cases your skin continues to improve with each successive treatment. The majority of veins will disappear within two to four weeks but in some cases, it may take longer.

It is generally recommended that your laser treatments be spaced four to six weeks apart. If new veins appear, additional treatments are required for optimum results. The skin above the veins will have a reddish, cat-scratch appearance but this generally disappears over the next two days. Final results may not be apparent for several months however most patients are satisfied by the results in a very short time.

The risks associated with laser vein therapy are minimal. Your eyes will be shielded during the treatment and we use a state-of-the-art cooling system, thus the treatments are low risk and relatively pain-free.

The advantage of laser treatment over sclerotherapy is that it has much fewer side effects and is less traumatic to the surrounding skin compared to sclerotherapy. It takes a much shorter time to complete laser treatment and is also less painful. With Laser Vein Removal, your recovery is immediate and downtime is almost zero. There are no absolute reasons as to why one cannot undergo laser therapy. However you should be in good physical condition, preferably you do not smoke, you want to improve your appearance, you do not have any disease of the blood vessels, you do not have any problems with bleeding, and that you are realistic about the results.

At Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, we provide comprehensive treatment for leg veins. Our dermatologists specialize in the treatment of superficial leg veins that are close to the skin. Our clinic offers cutting-edge technologies for the treatment of leg veins.

Some of the lasers, devices, and treatments we use are:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • V Veam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL)

The Laser Vein Therapy procedure itself is minimally invasive. Lasers are pointed at the vein clusters in question and cause them to break up. The body absorbs the resulting scar tissue naturally. There is no downtime after Laser Vein Therapy, but vigorous exercise should be avoided for several days. After two to three treatments spaced a few weeks apart, Laser Vein Therapy tends to result in the smooth, beautiful legs you have always known you could have.

When you receive any cosmetic procedure you want to know that your dermatologist is the best. When you decide to inquire about Laser Vein Therapy, you should know that our professionals will be able to take you step-by-step through the procedure, ensuring all along that you have the confidence that comes from being knowledgeable about your experience. Do you hide your legs because unsightly veins embarrass you? Stop the pain and embarrassment by calling us today for a consultation and we will help you get rid of your veins with Laser Vein Removal treatment. Whether your veins were caused by heredity, pregnancy, prolonged standing, or impact aerobic activities, unsightly leg veins can make you look older than you are but today they can be removed safely and comfortably at Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena.

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