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Laser Vein Treatment

Veins do not get better by themselves; indeed they get worse slowly and progressively. These damaged veins serve no useful purpose.

Early treatment often prevents the symptoms developing and, of course, removes the unsightly appearance. In fact, the earlier you receive specialist treatment the better the long term clinical and cosmetic results.

What Is Laser Vein Treatment?

Laser therapy can be very effective in treating unsightly broken and dilated vessels as well as other unwanted vascular lesions, such as spider veins, rosacea, port wine stains and other vascular birthmarks. In fact, the latest advances in laser technology have made it safer, faster and more effective than any previous treatment for these conditions.

What Is The Cause Of Spider Veins?

Spider veins can occur on any area of the body, but are most common on the legs and face. While spider veins can occur in both men and women, they are more prevalent in females and it seems that the hormones estrogen and progesterone play a role in their development.

Changes in body chemistry due to puberty, birth control pills, menopause, and hormone therapy can bring them on. Constrictive clothing, such as tight hosiery and girdles can also cause spider vein development. Spider veins on the face can result from too much sun exposure.

How Does Laser Vein Treatment Work?

Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that is passed through the skin and preferentially absorbed by its target, be it an unwanted hair, birthmark, tattoo or the haemoglobin (the red portion of blood) in the unwanted vessels. The laser causes the vein to break up and disappear.

What Is Laser Vein Treatment?

Laser therapy can be very effective in treating unsightly broken and dilated vessels as well as other unwanted vascular lesions, such as spider veins, rosacea, port wine stains and other vascular birthmarks. In fact, the latest advances in laser technology have made it safer, faster and more effective than any previous treatment for these conditions.

How do I choose a thread vein removal treatment?

Thread veins are quite complex, so it's important to arrange a consultation with our Clinic specialist before making any decision. A thread vein removal treatment cannot be recommended without a proper assessment of your particular needs.

Your specialist will need to establish whether or not there is any connection between the superficial thread veins and any underlying varicose veins.

If there is a connection, the varicose veins should be treated first; otherwise there will be a high pressure within the flow of blood in the thread veins, which will make them likely to reoccur after treatment.

For this reason, your best option may be a combination of treatment for varicose veins and injection sclerotherapy (thread vein removal) of larger thread veins.

Our Clinic has the facilities to carry out full Doppler ultrasound assessment of the leg vein systems prior to recommending an individual treatment plan.

Thread veins on female leg

About Laser Treatment

We only recommend laser treatment if the thread veins are less than 4mm in size.

The blood in the veins absorbs energy from the laser, where it generates heat. This heat degrades the lining of the blood vessel and causes the walls of the vessel to stick together and seal themselves off. The vein is then gradually absorbed by the body and disappears. Usually 2 or 3 treatments are adequate for any given area.

Is thread vein removal permanent?

In most cases the same veins will not reoccur, but new veins can appear at other sites over time and require treatment. Unfortunately, some people have a tendency to produce these unwanted veins and may continue to do so even after successful treatment.

Does thread vein removal hurt?

Most people cope well with laser thread vein treatment, but the larger the vein the more discomfort will be felt. For this reason we often apply a topical local anaesthetic cream before starting the procedure.

What happens after thread vein removal treatment?

In some cases a combination of sclerotherapy and laser treatment. Immediately following treatment, the treated veins will become red and swollen but not painful. Occasionally small areas of blistering or crusting can occur. These reactions usually disappear within hours or a few days. The area should be kept well moisturised and away from sunlight. The treated veins take up to 8 weeks to disperse naturally in the body before you see the final result and any further treatments can be carried out.

Tell me about microsclerotherapy?

Microsclerotherapy is used to treat unwanted thread veins by injecting a non-toxic chemical through a very fine needle directly into the vein.

This irritates the lining of the vein, causing the walls to stick together and prevent blood flowing through the vessel. Over time, the blood vessel is gradually absorbed by the body and disappears. After several treatments, a 50-90% improvement can be expected.

Am I suitable for thread vein removal treatment?

To find out whether you would be suitable for thread removal, please contact us to arrange a free consultation or a call back.