About Leg veins removal by Laser
What is Leg veins removal by Laser?
Leg veins removal by laser: procedure, risks, and cost
Not everyone needs to get treatment for leg veins. Treatment becomes necessary to ease the symptoms of spider veins or varicose veins, to treat complications like ulcers and skin discolouration, or swelling, and for cosmetic reasons. Laser treatment is one of the most popular methods for treating leg veins.
What is laser treatment for leg veins removal?
Leg veins removal by laser involves use of highly focussed beam of light for treating varicose veins. The heat produced by the laser damages the vein, which causes the scar tissue to form. This scar tissue closes the vein and stops the blood supply to it. When the blood supply is stopped, the vein eventually dies out. After some time, these veins disappear.
Leg veins removal by laser can be classified in to two main types-simple laser treatment and Endovenous laser treatment. Simple laser vein treatment is done on the outside of the skin. It is normally used for treating spider veins, and small varicose veins that may be present just under the surface of your skin. More than one session of laser treatment is required to successfully treat the leg veins.
In case of Endovenous laser treatment, a laser beam is made to pass through a thin tube into the vein. The laser delivers short bursts of energy that heats up the vein and closes it thereby. The procedure is carried under ultrasound to ensure that the laser beam is directed to the correct position. The procedure is carried under local anaesthesia.
Compared to vein ligation and stripping, leg veins removal by laser is less painful. Also, laser treatment has shorter recovery time and only local anaesthesia or light sedative is required for the laser treatment. Patients are able to return to their normal activities within a day or two following the simple laser treatment. After endovenous treatment, patients are asked to wear compression leg stockings for a week or so.
Who is the best candidate?
An ideal candidate for Laser Leg Vein treatment is one who has leg veins that are less than 5mm in size. If you have deeper valves in your veins, your doctor would be able to suggest you better which treatment would work the best for you. Further, in order to enjoy the benefits of laser leg veins treatment, you must have realistic expectations out of the treatment and you must be fully aware of the risks, and cost of the treatment. People who take aspirin, or any other blood thinning medicines, or those who have a medical condition that prevents their blood from clotting properly are not considered to be good candidates for laser leg veins treatment. Pregnant women are also not considered to be safe and ideal candidates for leg veins removal by laser.
Almost every procedure involves some risks and side-effects. Laser treatment involves the following risks Burning sensation, pain, or prickling after surgery Skin burn Change in the skin colour Blood clotting But the more experienced and qualified your doctor is, the less likely you are going to suffer from the above risks. Further, with proper post-operative care and precautions, you can reduce the risks and side-effects and can enjoy the maximum benefits out of this procedure.
What is the Cost?
The cost of the laser treatment would depend on the extent of your leg veins, the number of sessions that you will need, the experience of the surgeon, and your location. To get the exact cost, you must talk to your doctor in Australia.