What's the Best Way
to Treat Spider Veins?
Laser vein therapy is a revolutionary
medical technique that uses patented technology to eliminate benign
vascular and pigmented lesions non-invasively. All parts of the
body are treated with lasers. The most common areas include the
legs, ankles and face. Broken blood vessels associated with acne,
rosacea and sun damage, are also successfully treated. "Cherry
Hemangiomas"(red dots on the trunk, arms and legs), and "Spider
Vessels and Angiomas" on the face, upper chest and other parts of
the body are other commonly treated lesions.
One laser treatment can often accomplish
what four or five sclerotherapy (injection of Saline solution) sessions
can produce. The laser device generates a pulse of concentrated
light that penetrates the skin to raise the temperature of the blood
vessel and safely coagulate it. Over time, the vessel fades and
slowly disappears, and the flow of blood is directed back down into
the deeper vessels, where it belongs.
Sclerotherapy has commonly been compared
to mowing grass one blade at a time. With injection sclerotherapy,
the operator inserts a needle and injects an irritating solution into
the unwanted blood vessel. The body detects that the vessel has
been damaged, and reabsorbs the unwanted vessel. Injection sclerotherapy
can be an excellent technique for the removal of large vessels on the
legs and for blood vessels thicker than 4 mm in diameter.
However, most of the unsightly veins
which are less than 3mm in diameter can be treated much more effectively
by laser and with much less discomfort than with sclerotherapy.
Small blood vessels, which are difficult or impossible to treat with
sclerotherapy, respond excellently to vascular lasers. Because
only a beam of pure laser light is used to treat an unwanted vessel,
there is less risk of bruising; and since the skin is not broken, there
is also less risk of infection or complication.
The newest lasers, such as the deeper penetrating 1064nm wavelength provide the best results since they can reach the unsightly blue vessels several mm below the skin's surface. The longer wavelength also makes it possible to safely and effectively treat all people including those with tanned, very dark and black skin. Newer lasers also enable medical technicians to adjust the power and duration of the energy to best suit the diameter and color of the unwanted blood vessels on different parts of the body. Some older laser systems lack this degree of fine control.