Varicose veins and spider veins are an unsightly and sometimes painful effect of aging that generally affects the legs and feet. Although there is sometimes a hereditary component, varicose veins are usually caused by excessive pressure on the limbs, such as that exerted by obesity, pregnancy, or long-term standing.
Dr. Mitchel Goldman, the founder of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, has a worldwide reputation as an expert on vein treatments, including laser vein removal. Both he and the other doctors at the practice have been instrumental in researching and developing techniques for nonsurgical laser vein removal that require almost no downtime and have minimal side effects. They also offer more traditional varicose vein removal techniques such as sclerotherapy – in which a sclerosing agent is injected into the varicose veins to collapse them – and phlebectomy – the surgical removal of varicose veins larger than a finger’s width. For more information on how Cosmetic Laser Dermatology near Oceanside can help you, call 858-943-2113 or fill out our online contact form.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins usually develop in the body’s surface network of veins, where they are not well supported by muscles. Pressure on the vein from increased weight or stress weakens the valve that pushes blood through the vessel wall and prohibits its backflow. When the valve cannot work optimally, blood pools in the vein rather than flowing through it, causing bulging and torquing. Interior veins more rarely become varicose, resulting in swelling, aching and possibly blood clots. Spider veins, or telangiectasisas, which are broken capillaries, can appear on the face, legs, and feet.
Learn more about varicose veins and laser vein removal at webmd.com.
Lasers Eliminate Smaller, Malfunctioning Veins
While phlebectomy is still sometimes necessary for very large varicose veins, smaller blue and red veins – particularly spider veins – respond well to laser vein removal therapy. The advantages of laser therapy are many: the avoidance of surgery and anesthesia, relatively short procedure times, minimal downtime, and minimal side effects. Because lasers are noninvasive and can reach smaller areas, laser vein removal is the procedure of choice for broken capillaries on the face. For varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and body, sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard, but in cases where sclerotherapy is not appropriate, such as on the face, laser vein removal is very safe and effective.
As varicose veins and spider veins are not working properly, the aim of treatment is to remove them so that the blood re-routes itself into well-functioning veins and capillaries. Depending on the number of damaged veins and capillaries you have, anywhere from one to four laser vein removal treatments with either CoolTouch CTEV or Vbeam may be necessary.
CoolTouch CTEV – A Fast and Easy Solution
CoolTouch CTEV is a long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser that uses 10 W of energy, a wavelength of 1320 nm and a pulse duration of 600 ms to target and remove veins that are less than an inch wide. It is an ablative technique, which means it actually destroys the malfunctioning veins. It accomplishes this by evaporating the water in their walls, instantly collapsing them. CoolTouch CTEV can be used to treat multiple areas, including the calves, thighs, and knees. Because it targets water rather than hemoglobin, as do some other lasers, it is well tolerated. Patients report minimal to no pain or discomfort. The laser dermatology procedure has a 99% efficacy rate.
Depending on how many veins need to be treated, each laser dermatology session may only take a few minutes to an hour or more to perform. Some patients receive optimal benefits after just one session; others may need between one and four follow-up vein removal treatments in Oceanside. Only a local anesthetic is needed to numb the treated area.
You can see before-and-after photos and watch a video on the CoolTouch CTEV procedure here. Some CoolTouch CTEV patients may benefit from the addition of sclerotherapy to treat larger veins.
Fewer Side Effects with CoolTouch CTEV
CoolTouch CTEV typically has few side effects and no downtime. You can return to your daily activities directly after vein treatment. You will be given a compression garment to protect your leg for the first few days after treatment and to minimize subsequent bruising or soreness. Some patients may have also slight scarring. These typically resolve within a few days or weeks.
Banish Facial Spider Veins
The CoolTouch Varia laser can eliminate broken capillaries around the nose, under the eyes, and on the temples and other areas of the face. It is specifically designed solely for reduction of green, blue, and purple veins on the face, and is very effective with no downtime and minimal side effects. You can see the veins disappearing as the laser targets them, and generally, only one session is required, although for larger or more numerous veins more than one session in Del Mar may be necessary.
Take the Red Out with Vbeam
The Vbeam laser can treat a number of skin problems, including acne, age spots, and rosacea. It is also used to treat telangiectasias on the face, legs, and ankles. The Vbeam’s Dynamic Cooling Device sprays an evaporative cooling solution before each pulse, which helps minimize patient discomfort.
Possible side effects include temporary discoloration or reddening of the laser vein treatment site. These will typically resolve within a few days to weeks.
Find the Best Varicose Vein Treatment for You
There is no reason to live with the discomfort and embarrassment of varicose veins. Contact us at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego to have a board-certified dermatologist evaluate your veins and help you decide on your best options. You can also reach us by phone at 858-943-2113 or via online contact form.
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