Unsightly leg vessels, which include both spider veins and varicose veins, can be effectively eliminated with sclerotherapy treatment. Dr. Barbara Bopp at Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery has extensive experience performing sclerotherapy using various techniques, including non-invasive lasers. If you’d like to get rid of your leg vessels, as well as, veins on your face, or anywhere on your body, call her office in Metairie, Louisiana, or book an appointment online.
What are the various types of leg vessels?
The two types of unsightly leg vessels that men and women seek to have removed are:
Spider veins develop when small blood vessels close to the surface of your skin dilate, or enlarge. Though they commonly form on your face and legs, spider veins can appear anywhere. They may significantly impact your appearance, but they seldom cause a health problem.
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged and gnarled blood vessels. They often form in your legs, where veins work against gravity to send blood back to your heart. When vein muscles or the valves that control blood flow weaken, blood flows backward, pools in the blood vessels, and causes varicose veins.
These large veins don’t cause symptoms in many people; others experience pain, aching, and general discomfort. In rare cases, varicose veins cause health complications such as fluid retention, inflammation, blood clots, or venous stasis ulcers.
Sclerotherapy removes spider veins and reticular vessels using several techniques that scar the vein. As the scarring blocks blood flow in targeted areas, the blood vessels gradually diminish in size and disappear.
Standard sclerotherapy is performed by injecting a medicated solution or foam that irritates vessel walls and makes them collapse. This procedure is effective and takes about 15-60 minutes.
How are lasers used to perform vein removal?
Laser sclerotherapy is a safe, effective option to traditional injections. When lasers are set to operate at specific wavelengths, their energy is only absorbed by dark pigments in blood. As a result, the laser passes safely through your skin to target the vein.
As spider or varicose veins absorb laser energy, they’re heated to the precise temperature at which they break down. The destroyed veins are naturally absorbed and eliminated from your body. The length of your laser session depends on the number of veins being treated, but it typically takes 15-60 minutes.
Does sclerotherapy produce permanent results?
Yes, the veins that are treated with sclerotherapy are permanently removed. However, it’s possible for new varicose veins to develop over time. You can lower your risk if you improve blood circulation and muscle tone by:
- Getting regular exercise
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a low-salt diet
- Avoiding high heels
- Elevating your legs
- Changing your sitting or standing position regularly
- Wearing compression stockings if recommended by Dr. Bopp