Visible leg veins are a common problem for aging women. Surgical vein removal can leave scarring at the incision point, put clients at risk for infection and involve lengthy recovery times. Even newer, less invasive vein removal procedures still require topical anesthetic to control pain.
Laser leg vein treatment from Palomar® offers you an noninvasive alternative for the clearing of spider veins and reticular veins – with no incision, minimal discomfort and no downtime.
Our patented laser technology treats leg veins with superior comfort while promoting excellent client satisfaction. Our laser leg vein removal uses pulses of laser light at just the right wavelength to constrict the vessels responsible for leg veins, causing the vein to degenerate and visibly disappear.
The laser light passes through the epidermis, only affecting blood vessels, so there is no injury to outer skin. The result? Quick and easy leg vein procedures with reduced side effects and little to no recovery time.
How Leg Vein Treatment Works
Laser treatment for spider and reticular leg veins with Palomar technology uses a 1064nm wavelength laser to send energy into the blood and vessel walls, where it is absorbed by hemoglobin. The hemoglobin is heated by the absorption of energy, and the vessel coagulates and closes off. The constricted vessel then degenerates, and the leg vein is no longer visible from the surface of the skin.
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution (Sotradecol Sulfate) directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.
Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure and has been in use since the 1930s.
Candidates for Sclerotherapy
Prior to sclerotherapy, you will have an initial consultation with a doctor or nurse who will decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
You are not eligible if you are pregnant. You can have sclerotherapy if you take birth control pills. If you have had a blood clot in the past, your eligibility will be decided on an individual basis, and will depend on the overall health of the area needing treatment as well as the reason for the clot.
Veins that are potentially usable for future heart bypass surgery will generally not be considered for sclerotherapy, unless they are already deemed unusable.
How Sclerotherapy Is Done
In most cases of sclerotherapy the solution will be injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
The number of veins injected in one session varies, and depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient.