Varicose vein are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin.
Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that are caused by faulty valves within veins that allow blood to pool. Spider veins are visible through the skin as well and are typically visible on the legs and face.
Spider vein are often the first visible signs of weak veins that may become worse with time. Over years, weakness of the connective tissue around the veins may lead to dilatation of veins resulting in the development of varicose or spider vein.
A number of factors predispose a person to varicose and spider vein development. These include:
Heredity (genetic) factors; occupations that involve a lot of standing, pregnancy and menopause, obesity, hormonal treatments such as OCP and HRT, a history of blood clots, skin trauma, previous vein surgery, and exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Laser vein therapy involves using “CoolGlide,” a special laser hand piece that delivers pulsations of laser light over the treatment area. The energy from the laser causes blood inside the vein to coagulate which occludes the vein’s lumen, leading to vein disappearance.
Laser Vein Therapy causes minimal discomfort, and therefore no anesthesia is needed. Patients report feelings of mild pinching or stinging as the hand piece delivers its laser pulsations.
You are usually able to return to work immediately after the procedure as there is generally no downtime. Some redness and swelling may occur over the treatment area, which quickly fades over the first several hours after treatment. Bruising in the treatment area may take between one and two weeks to resolve.
Laser Vein Therapy can also be used to treat venous lakes, blood blisters and cherry hemangiomas, which can be found all over the body.
Laser Vein Therapy can be combined with other cosmetic procedures for optimal aesthetic results.
All assessment and treatment provided by Dr EL-BAKY