A treatment designed to lessen or completely remove varicose veins is laser for varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can cause discomfort and sometimes pain. U.S. healthcare providers receive over three million cases per year regarding varicose veins, from people who feel as though their varicose veins have gotten bad enough to warrant a doctor visit.
Laser for Varicose Veins
Laser for varicose veins is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of these unwanted varicose veins. It is a form of laser procedure tailored specifically for varicose veins. Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center is one location of many that offer laser surgery treatment. Treatments are performed by board certified Dr. Mark Rayman.
Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that typically appear on the legs and feet, but they can show up anywhere. These gnarled veins can be caused by a number of reasons, the two most common being age and pregnancy. Other causes include genetics, results of vein surgery, blood clotting, excess pressure on vein systems, or even hormonal changes. Varicose veins occur when veins become bunched up and curled, causing them to be more noticeable. They can rarely cause pain and discomfort. For most people, varicose veins are purely an aesthetic rather than a health issue.
Spider veins are a form of varicose veins that are also very common. However, spider veins tend to be much smaller and branch out like a spider web. They are a result of the same causes of varicose veins and might have the same effects of varicose veins, but they are smaller. Many people affected by varicose veins seek treatment to remove them, which is where laser for varicose veins comes in.
What Is Laser Surgery?
Laser surgery is a blanket term that refers to a wide number of treatments that all involve lasers. These lasers are used in place of a scalpel and are almost always painless. The laser itself is a highly focused beam of light, and the heat from the light is used in the same way that a scalpel is. The most common form of laser surgery is LASIK, which is used to treat eyes in place of glasses or contact lenses. Because of the precision of the “laser scalpel,” laser surgery is much safer and more effective than traditional surgery because of the preciseness of the laser surgery machines.
One form of laser surgery is used to treat varicose veins. It works similarly to all other forms of laser surgery, using the concentrated beam of light to make precise incisions in the vein. To reduce and remove varicose veins, the vein itself needs to be “killed.” The laser is used to cut the vein, causing scar tissue to form. Once the scar tissue forms, it prevents the vein from receiving any more blood, effectively causing the vein to become useless. Blood then finds different pathways to travel, causing the varicose vein to become obsolete. The vein then gradually becomes smaller, often disappearing altogether.
Types Of Varicose Vein Laser Treatment
There are two primary ways of conducting laser for varicose veins. The first is called simple, and for this treatment, a laser is applied to the exterior of the skin over the varicose vein.
The second is called endovenous. Endovenous laser involves inserting a tiny catheter into the vein itself, allowing the laser direct access to the location that needs treatment. Endovenous laser treatment is only used for larger varicose veins in place of removing the vein through traditional surgery or simple laser. While most people enjoy results after one treatment, a series of treatments may be required for the best results.
How Does Treatment Work?
In both cases, the area of treatment will be numbed before the laser is applied which makes the procedure painless. The treatments can be performed by Dr. Mark Rayman in the comfort of our El Segundo facility. The treatments typically last less than an hour depending on the size and area of treatment. Dr. Rayman will provide more instructions on what you need to do before and after the treatments, but you will probably only need one visit, but possibly two depending on the size of the varicose vein.
Endovenous procedures are more in-depth than simple treatments. The procedure is slightly longer, requiring more steps than simple surgery; it involves using ultrasound to provide a clear image of the vein. Then, a small incision is made near or on the vein, allowing access to insert the tube that will allow the laser into the vein. The laser is then applied along the entire length of the vein, and as it is removed, the heat is transferred, shrinking the entire vein.
Important Decisions and Questions
If you choose to go through with laser for varicose veins, there are some questions you should ask and decisions you need to make before even going in for treatment. A consultation with Dr. Rayman and his team can help you determine which treatment method is best for you and your lifestyle. It is important to be transparent about your health and medical history.
It’s important to choose a medical provider who is qualified.Dr. Rayman is a board certified physician and interventional radiologist. He has a great deal of experience with and understanding veins as well as the best treatment methods for them.
If you are interested in varicose vein surgery and live in or around El Segundo, CA, then get in contact with Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center. They offer the best treatments with a laser for varicose veins in the area. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Rayman and his team and start your journey to a refreshed appearance without noticeable veins today!