What is simple laser vein treatment?

Simple Laser Vein Treatment

How can you care for yourself after simple laser treatment for veins?

After laser treatment, avoid exposing your legs to the sun for as long as your doctor recommends. This may be for about 2 weeks.

Home treatment can relieve symptoms and slow down the progress of varicose veins.

Here are some things you can do at home:

  • Exercise. Staying active improves blood circulation in your legs.
  • Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight can increase the swelling and discomfort of varicose veins.
  • Avoid long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Wear compression stockings.
  • Prop your legs on a pillow or a chair when you can.

What are the risks of simple laser treatment for veins?

Risks of laser treatment include:

  • Skin burns.
  • Changes in the color of the skin.

What is simple laser treatment for veins?

Simple laser vein treatment is used to treat tiny varicose veins and spider veins that are just under the skin's surface. A laser is a focused beam of light. This type of laser is aimed at the outside of your skin. This treatment uses the heat of the laser to scar and close varicose veins.

Varicose veins look swollen and twisted under the skin. They develop most often in the legs and ankles. They are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs and other places in your body. These valves keep blood flowing toward your heart. When these valves don't work as they should, blood collects, and pressure builds up. The pressure causes the veins to become twisted and enlarged.

Spider veins are a form of varicose veins. They look like thin lines on the skin, like spider webs.

How is simple laser treatment for veins done?

The procedure is usually done at your doctor's office. You will probably have to wear some kind of eye protection.

The laser is aimed at an affected vein. The laser light goes through the skin to treat the vein. You won't have any cuts, but the heat from the laser may cause some discomfort.

The laser causes scar tissue that closes the vein. After it is closed, a vein loses its source of blood. In time, the vein is harder to see.

A session takes 15 to 20 minutes. You might have more than one laser session. You might have another session in a few weeks.

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