Low-level lasers are very effective at cosmetic procedures because they can be applied to the skin and/or penetrate the skin’s surface without harming it. In some skin laser treatments, lasers are used to promote the formation of new skin cells by removing the top layer(s).
What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged because the valves responsible for opening and closing in order to prevent the blood from flowing backwards in the veins stop functioning properly. Varicose veins are most often found in the legs because blood is being pumped back to the heart against gravity, making it easy for blood to collect in the veins when their valves stop working, causing them to become enlarged. Varicose veins can be painful and itchy, in addition to being cosmetically undesirable.
What are Spider Veins? Spider veins are dilated blood vessels near the skin’s surface. They can appear anywhere on the body, even in the eyes, but they often coincide with or show up shortly before varicose veins because the hypertension from the varicose veins on the surface veins causes the blood vessels to dilate. Spider veins are not usually painful or concerning themselves, but they can indicate the progression of another problem.
What are the Treatment Options for Varicose and Spider Veins? Both can be treated with either injections or laser treatments. Sclerotherapy consists of injecting medication into the veins, causing them to harden and shrink away. Sometimes foam sclerotherapy is used, but this is not recommended because the foam has been found on the hearts and lungs of patients who’ve received this treatment, in addition to being linked to stroke and heart attack.
A spider vein treatment with lasers uses focused beams of light to heat, soften, and seal the veins off, causing them to dissolve. Laser treatments for varicose veins stimulate the veins, which helps rejuvenate the valves inside the veins to work properly.
Spider and varicose veins can also be treated and minimized by elevating the legs and keeping them uncrossed when sitting, not standing for long periods of time, getting regular, moderate exercise, and wearing compression hose. Patients with varicose veins must find a balance between keeping moving and not staying on their feet for too long.