Is Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Safe?

Is Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Safe?

Varicose veins are large, knotty, and discolored veins that usually form in the legs. They occur due to the pooling of blood in the legs. The first line of treatment usually involves making lifestyle changes and using compression stockings. 

If the simple methods fail to work, the doctor may recommend medical procedures that include lasers. Laser treatment is for patients who have severe pain, blood clots, and other issues. 


Choosing the Best Treatment

When you visit a doctor to get treatment for varicose veins, the doctor will discuss the different treatment options. The best treatment will depend on your age, overall health condition, symptoms, and the extent of the varicose veins. 

The doctor will want to know about your goals and expectations and the results that you desire for the future. Weigh all the factors before deciding on the best treatment for you.


Treating Varicose Veins

Doctors use lasers for varicose veins treatment. Lasers are focused beams of light that produce heat, damaging the vein and causing scar tissue. Scar tissue closes the damaged vein, causing it to lose blood that leads to death. 

After about a year or more, the vein will most likely disappear. The type of laser treatment chosen will depend on the size of the veins. The two main types of laser treatment are simple laser treatment and endovenous laser treatment. 


Simple Laser Treatment

Simple laser treatment is used when dealing with small varicose veins or spider veins. Doctors perform the procedure on the skin, targeting veins that are just under the skin surface. In most cases, the patient will need more than a single laser session. 

The sessions are usually scheduled every six to 12 weeks. However, the doctor can prescribe the frequency most suitable for you. In some cases, larger feeder veins may need to be treated first before simple laser treatment. Sometimes, simple laser treatment is performed after large varicose veins have been treated. 


Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous laser treatment treats large varicose veins. During the procedure, a professional passes a laser fiber through a catheter or thin tube directly into the vein. The laser procedure is not as painful as other procedures such as stripping and vein ligation. 

Individuals who have undergone laser treatments recover faster than those who have undergone other procedures, and it only requires local anesthesia or light sedation. Endovenous laser treatment is usually performed to close large varicose veins instead of using surgical procedures. 


Is the Treatment Safe?

In the last two decades, simple laser treatment has become very safe and is also quite effective. The treatment helps reduce the appearance of the veins. Endovenous laser treatment works about 94 percent of the time. 

Where the treatment fails to close the vein, a second treatment is necessary. To be successful, ensure that you get the procedure done by someone with plenty of experience.

It is important to realize that new varicose veins can develop after treating existing ones. There are steps that you can take to avoid developing varicose veins. Regular exercise, watching your weight, raising your feet when seated, and avoiding crossed legs can prevent varicose veins. You should avoid wearing tight clothing.

For more on the safety of laser treatments, visit at our offices in Sacramento, Berkeley, or Stockton, California. You can call 916.600.4428, 510.710.7221, or 209.323.8332 today to book an appointment.


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