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What is Laser Vein Removal?

Laser technology (1064 Nd-Yag, 532) offers a very effective means for treating facial and leg veins. The laser has a unique ability to selectively target the hemoglobin within the blood vessels. The vessels are gently heated, causing the blood in the vessels to clot and the vessel wall to collapse. The body then reabsorbs and clears the non-viable vessels during the natural healing process. Depending on the size of the vessel, reabsorption can take place anywhere from 1-12 weeks.

Will Laser Vein Removal Work for Me?

Most patients will see significant improvement in their facial or leg veins after the recommended number of treatments. Sometimes, the larger leg veins require alternative or adjunct treatments such as Sclerotherapy or Endovascular Thermal Ablation (EVTA). Dr. Gulcher or her staff will evaluate you to determine if you are a good candidate.

What Does it Feel Like?

Most patients experience a mild/moderate stinging sensation that lasts only a fraction of a second while the laser pulse is being delivered. The cold tip on the laser helps soothe the skin immediately before and after the laser pulse is delivered. After your treatment, you may feel tenderness and warmth to the area.

How Long Will the Treatment Take?

Treatment times vary from 5-45 minutes, depending on the number of veins.

How Many Treatment Will I Need?

Depending on the severity and size of your veins, you may require 1-4 treatments spaced 4-12 weeks apart. New veins cannot be prevented, especially if you are predisposed to developing them.

What Happens to my Skin After the Treatment?

Patients usually experience some temporary redness and swelling. Bruising is also common, especially to the lower extremities and can take from several weeks to months to fade. Some patients may experience post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) to the treatment area. The risk for PIH can be minimized with sun avoidance and the use of sunblock. There is also a risk for hypopigmentation (loss of color), which usually improves with time.

When Can I Resume Normal Activities?

If you are having facial veins treated, your laser specialist will advise you on how to take care of your facial skin. If you are having your leg veins treated, we ask that you refrain from vigorous exercise and avoid hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas for 24 hours. Support hose or ace wrap may be recommended if you have large veins.

*The information about Excel V Laser Vein Removal was reviewed by AMA staff. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.