Laser vein treatment has revolutionized the way we treat veins the past decade. Now diseased and unsightly veins can be treated with less invasive surgery, with less side-effects and down-time than prior treatments (vein-stripping) that we used just a few years ago.
Transcutaneous lasers penetrate through the skin to treat underlying veins. This type of vein treatment is non-invasive and is used to treat spider veins (broken capillaries), facial veins, nose veins, as well as, those stubborn blue veins around the eyes.
Specifically, the laser light safely passes through the skin and then the hemoglobin in blood vessels absorbs the laser’s energy. This causes the blood to coagulate and the vessel wall to constrict and close off. The body than slowly resorbs the vein over a period of months. Unsightly vessels will fade in a few treatments or less.
The laser vein treatment usually takes 30 minutes. The laser pulses cause a short hot snap that fades quickly. Immediately after the treatment the vessel may disappear, darken or shrink. The surrounding skin may turn pink, become swollen or rarely bruise. These skin changes usually resolve in less than one week. The Vein & Aesthetic Center at La Fontaine Aesthetics, we have four vein lasers which allow us to maximize results.
Endovenous lasers treat varicose veins (bulging veins) from inside the vein. Under ultrasound guidance, a laser fiber is positioned inside the vein just like an IV is placed. The laser fiber is than advanced to the area of the pathologic vein. The laser is fired as it is withdrawn, this seals the vein and effectively removes the abnormal bulging vein. This procedure has essentially replaced the procedure of ‘vein stripping’, because it is more effective, with less side-effects and down-time.
Insurance companies consider varicose veins to be a medical condition, and usually will cover varicose vein treatments. How much, depends on your insurance plan. Spider and facial veins are considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance.