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Approximately 50% to 60% of men and women worldwide have unsightly leg veins. While sclerotherapy is an option for the removal of superficial leg veins, there are known side effects, and some veins will not respond.
Our ND:Yag system can provide a safe and effective method of treatment for a wide range of leg veins and requires no painful injections. Presence of superficial blue veins on the face and legs (telangiectasia) is a cosmetic problem that troubles millions of patients. Small, superficial red veins can be successfully treated with our Cynosure laser with three treatments over monthly intervals, followed by a fourth treatment six months after the first.
Revolutionary new laser technology has made it possible to remove facial and leg veins safely without leaving a scar. Some lasers break the tiny vessels into fragments, which are then removed by the body’s natural cleansing mechanism leaving behind normal skin. Other lasers seal the vessels so the blood can no longer flow through them. These lasers are particularly useful for deeper, larger vessels in the face and leg. Please note that other types of photothermal therapy (non-laser) have specifically been reported to have a low success rate.
- The area to be treated with the laser should not have been exposed to the sun or tanning booth at least 10 days before treatment.
- If you use tanning cream, do not apply to treatment area for at 10 days before treatment.
- Clients with poor circulation (i.e. diabetes), taking blood thinners (coumadin, warfarin, daily aspirin etc.) may have poor or delayed healing if treated with the laser for leg veins.
- Most vessels can be treated without topical anesthetic, if the vessel is large or in a sensitive area, topical anesthetic is recommended.
- Immediately after laser treatment, the heat of the laser pulses may be uncomfortable.
- Ice packs can be applied intermittently for the first day to relieve discomfort.
- Tylenol is recommended for discomfort if necessary.
- If any areas treated have resulted in blistering, antibiotic ointment can be applied to keep the area from being infected.
- Keep this clean and covered until healed.
- Over the counter antibiotic ointments often decreases the healing time as well as providing a soothing effect.
- The treatment area may be bruised or discolored after treatment. This can last a few days or a few weeks.
- Use sunscreen SPF 30 on the treatment area during the course of your treatment.For 48 hours after treatment of leg veins, keep from exercising your legs so healing will not be impaired.
- Exercise may contribute to delayed healing and/or hyper pigmentation.
- If a large area on both legs has been treated, elevation of the legs with cold application after treatment can reduce discomfort.
- If you received a test dose only, waiting at least 4 weeks is necessary to see if the treatment was effective and for us to evaluate for any side effects that may have occurred.
- When a full treatment is performed, WAITING AT LEAST 6 WEEKS before the next treatment is best as healing continues throughout this entire period.