Varicose Vein Removal
|Leg Veins Laser and Sclerotherapy|
|Sclerotherapy one session||Leg veins before and after 2 sessions of sclerotherapy|
Laser is ideal for vessels that are too small to be injected, that have failed sclerotherapy, or in patients that have allergic reactions to the sclerosants.
Lasers are very effective in treating small veins, but are usually not recommended for the larger blue veins, or in the presence of dark skin. We use the Nd:YAG which causes immediate results, with over 60% of varicosities disappearing after the first session.
In some cases, a minor surgical procedure to remove the veins under local anesthesia can be done, and is indicated for some of the larger veins that can be felt with the finger.
What to expect after treatment?
Compression will need to be worn for the first 24 hours, then during waking hours for 5 days. Compression is not necessary when treatment is done with laser.
After sclerotherapy there might be some redness or swelling for 1-2 days. Tenderness is common and resolves after a few hours. Cramping may occasionally occur.
Occasionally there is bruising for a few days or weeks, but this resolves always.
After laser, the skin turns purple and red for 1-10 days. Some temporary pigmentation changes may follow but they always resolve with time. It is recommended to protect the skin from sun exposure before and after laser sessions.
|Varicose veins before and after sclerotherapy||Before After Sclerotherapy|
What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?
It is recommended to stop aspirin, aspirin-like products and vitamin E one week prior to your treatment, unless prescribed by your physician. After treatment, move your legs regularly and walk as much as possible. If your legs become painful, walk. Avoid vigorous exercise like aerobics for at least 5-7 days after treatment.