Laser Vein Therapy
Dr. Stefanie A. Schultis
Unsightly Veins Can Be Treated Successfully with Laser Therapy
Men and Women in Covington, LA
Dr. Stefanie Schultis can safely and effectively treat both tiny superficial face veins and deeper blue leg veins on all skin tones. Most patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated.
Small, Facial Veins (telangiectasias)
Spider veins, technically called telangiectasias, are thin, delicate, reddish or purple blood vessels that sit close to the surface of the skin and generally appear in clusters on the legs and face. Spider veins have a variety of causes including hormones, weight gain, pregnancy, sun exposure and heredity. While spider veins are different from varicose veins both conditions can be caused by venous reflux disease.
How does laser vein therapy work?
The Candela Laser system delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin's surface, where it should be.
What type of veins can be treated?
The Candela Laser can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins (telangiectasia) can be treated quickly. Spider veins and large blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. A careful evaluation with your physician will help you determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment.
How many vein treatments will I need?
Patients often find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color and size of vessels being treated.
Is vein therapy painful?
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
When will I see results from my vein treatments?
Most patients have shown significant improvement within 2 to 6 weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear, but these too can be removed.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after my vein treatments?
Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately. However, it is recommended that you avoid vigorous activities such as strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure.