Unsightly veins have traditionally been treated with sclerotherapy, a procedure in which the doctor injects a solution that closes the vein. Blood flow naturally reroutes through nearby veins and eventually, the treated veins fade. In advanced cases of varicose veins, surgery is sometimes necessary to physically remove the vein. With recent advances in technology, physicians increasingly rely on laser treatments to eliminate veins.
The two most common types of vein problems -- spider veins and varicose veins -- can both be treated at Ballantyne Medical Associates.
Spider veins: These veins form when small blood vessels close to the surface become dilated or enlarged. Spider veins can occur anywhere on the body, but they’re most common on the face and legs.
Varicose veins: These are abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels that develop because muscles in the vein’s wall have weakened. Varicose veins are sometimes associated with other vein conditions such as phlebitis.
The doctors use laser therapy to remove spider veins from your face or anywhere else on your body, and to significantly reduce the appearance of varicose veins in your legs. If you have rosacea, laser therapy is a primary treatment for removing visible blood vessels and reducing extensive redness.
Micro-fine lasers are capable of targeting even the smallest spider veins, so they can deliver precise treatment without harming surrounding tissues. Blood vessels are destroyed as heat from the laser causes cells to break down and disintegrate. Before long, the remains are absorbed and removed from the body, and your skin regains its natural appearance.
Like all aesthetic treatments, vein removal is based on your personal needs. The number and length of treatments varies according to the size and location of the veins being treated. You can generally figure the procedure will take at least 30 minutes The doctors examine you and give you all the details after talking with you about the results you want to achieve. Following the procedure, the treated skin may appear pink like a sunburn, but most patients get back to their normal activities right away.