Safe & Effective Laser, Light & Medical Treatments for Leg, Thread & Spider Vein Removal
Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get asked about Vein Removal treatment.
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Most veins types can be treated, however different types of veins require different treatment.
Varicose veins, for example, are generally a deeper blue vein and require an different method of treatment from dis-coloured cluster veins (commonly known as spider veins) which appear near the skin’s surface. Due to the different veins, a combination of different light and laser technologies may be required for the best results.
At Epilight New Skin Clinics we may combine a number of light and laser technologies, depending on your needs to achieve the very best results for you.
When treating larger, deeper veins (such as reticular veins), a laser component named 1064ND Yag (long pulse) laser system is used. This type of vein responds to the precise energy level and wavelength of light that is used. Travelling through the skin, the laser light is absorbed by the blood within the vein on the basis of its colour. Heat from the laser then coagulates or clots this blood within the vein and, as a result, destroys the vein without affecting any of the vein’s surrounding tissue.
The vein will eventually be absorbed by the body and disappear, this process can take approximately 6 to 12 weeks.
The superficial structures of spider veins and surface veins are smaller and need a different treatment from reticular veins. Rather than a laser, smaller surface veins are removed through the use of light energy.
Smaller veins are targeted through light energy which is absorbed into the blood. This is then transformed into heat, destroying the vein.
This intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) is extremely effective in the treatment of smaller veins.
At Epilight New Skin Clinics we have access to both technologies and can advise you of the treatment that will offer the best results for your specific needs.
The number of treatment sessions will largely depend on the number and type of veins that need to be treated, this is usually carried over a few months before the overall effect is complete.
NO! This treatment involves use of laser pulses and intense Pulsed Light energy which some patients have described as similar to a small pinch. To help minimise any discomfort we apply chilled gel onto the skin as well as using other techniques. The complete treatment is non-invasive and treatment courses are short.
During treatment, non-invasive laser energy is absorbed by hemoglobin and converted to heat energy.
At Epilight New Skin Clinics we are happy to discuss our treatments with you to help determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and what combination of treatments will achieve the best results for you.
Prior to sclerotherapy, you will have a initial consultation with our registered nurse, who will decide if you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.
If you have history of blood clots, you will be assessed on an individual basis and treatment will depend on the current overall health, your medical history and the causes of any previous blood clots.
If you are pregnant you will not be allowed to undergo Sclerotherapy until at least 6 months post birth.
During Sclerotherapy treatment, a salt solution is injected directly into the target vein using a very fine needle. This causes the blood vessel to swell and harden, and the blood to congeal. The vessel is then absorbed and removed by the body naturally.
The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
Sclerotherapy has been shown to remove 50%-80% of treated veins with each treatment session. Less than 1 in 20 people do not respond to Sclerotherapy at all.
Spider veins respond more quickly and may be completely healed within three to six weeks.
Larger veins may take a little longer to disappear but should be completely healed within 2-3 months.
While Sclerotherapy is a highly effective proven treatment, it is a medical procedure and results can not be guaranteed.
NO, there is no downtime.
After treatment you will be able to resume your regular daily activities immediately.
For at least 48 hours following the treatment you should no use aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory drugs.
You should avoid the following for at least 48 hours after Sclerotherapy:
Jacuzzi, saunas or steam rooms
prolonged exposure to sunlight
There may be some minor, mild side effects which are temporary and normally resolve within a couple of days.
Raised redness around the treatment area. (These should disappear within a few days)
Light Bruising around the treatment area.