Varicose and “spider” veins occur in the body when veins are damaged and the valves that should be delivering blood back to the heart don’t. This blood ends up collecting and accumulating in the vein. The pressure from this build up of blood weakens the walls of the vein and continues to swell. This results in varicose veins. These veins can be acquired in a number of ways, whether it be hereditarily or even from regularly sitting or standing for extensive periods.
Not only are varicose or “spider” veins unsightly, they are also painful and hold potential for serious health problems. These damaged veins can lead to blood clots and painful sores and are almost always uncomfortable, at the very least.
Although a number of methods, like excercising, bathing with epsom salt, or elevating one’s legs, can help improve blood circulation to remedy these veins, they often do not help enough to be able to completely eliminate them. Modern medical technology and innovative techniques now allow for varicose veins to be removed simply and painlessly through a number of minimally invasive treatments.
This pulsed dye laser emits a strong, safe surge of light to the areas of concern, specifically targeting and dismantling the affected blood vessels. The laser of the VBeam Perfecta ™ is so exact and accurate that it is able to expel the vessels without damaging the skin or surrounding tissues at all.
What Is the Procedure Like with the VBeam Perfecta ™ ?
The procedure is simple and requires no anesthesia— local, general, or topical. The laser is applied to the outside of the skin where the targeted vein is. Most patients express that it is not very painful, comparing the sensation to snapping a rubber band against skin.
About the Recovery and Treatment
Healing from a single treatment of VBeam Perfecta ™ takes between 3 to 5 weeks. Most patients can see immediate results after the procedure, although patients report best results after receiving 2 to 5 treatments. After the procedure during the healing, the skin of the affected area may be red and raw, similar to the feeling of a sunburn. This is very normal and, here at The Med Spot, we can offer a variety of topical creams to alleviate some of this discomfort.
People with darker skin pigments are not the best candidates for this treatment because darker pigments make it more difficult for the laser to get through to destroy the impaired blood vessels.
Because blue blood vessels sit deeper under the skin than red blood vessels, patients with damaged blue vessels might not be as receptive to this treatment as others with red vessels.
At The Med Spot, we can more closely analyze whether certain vessels can or cannot be treated using the VBeam Perfecta ™.
Risks Related to the VBeam Perfecta ™ Laser
Anyone who undergoes any laser treatment runs the risk of potential complication. If not performed by a professional with skill, experience, and indepth knowledge, a patient runs the risk of hyper-pigmentation (dark spots), scarring, and slight depressions in the treated area(s). Although scarring when undergoing this treatment is very rare, and the depressions and dark spots usually settle within 3 to 6 months, it is still essential that a patient using any laser research and find a medical professional who has extensive experience with optimal results. As the leading professional in vein treatment using a variety of minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Reyes can assist you in your pursuit for the most effective treatments at a price that is reasonable for you.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that treats veins by administering solutions to remedy varicose and spider veins. The Asclera ™ injectable solution we use has proven to be the fastest acting, most effective product on the market.
What is Asclera?
This solution is injected directly into the vein to destroy the lining of the blood vessels that have weakened and no longer are able to push blood back to the heart. The accumulation of blood in these vessels results in varicose and spider veins. The solution induces a clinging of the platelets to the lining of the blood vessels, also called the endothelium. This causes the vein to clot. Eventually, the vein is interchanged by new, healthy tissue.
About the Procedure and Treatments
Sclerotherapy with Asclera ™ is a simple, painless procedure that only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Because the Asclera ™ solution has numbing effects, there is no need for any anesthesia whatsoever. The affected area is treated wholly during a single treatment. Multiple sessions are required. Most patients need 3 to 6 sessions for best results, although this varies depending on the condition of the patient’s veins.
To achieve the fastest results and alleviate mild side effects of this procedure like bruising, minor hyper pigmentation, and swelling, we suggest a patient wears compression stockings for the first the entirety of the 7 days following the procedure. A patient will be accommodated with the recommended stockings after the 1st treatment.
The GentleMax Pro ™ is a cutting-edge, high-energy laser treatment that combines 2 different lasers to achieve better, faster results with no risk of injury to any tissues or skin surrounding the affected areas. By combining 2 different forms of lasers, the GentleMax Pro ™ is able to perform a variety of procedures, including removal of unwanted veins.
How The GentleMax Pro ™ Works for Vein Removal
The GentleMax Pro ™ accurately targets the veins of concern. This dual laser heats the areas with unwanted, damaged veins to cause them to shrink and eventually disappear. The process is painless and takes less than 1 hour to perform the surgery once you walk into the office. The number of treatments are dependent on the condition of the patient’s veins. While many notice results after a single session, we recommend the patient receive a series of treatments to achieve the most desirable results. Come to the Med Spot to better understand your options and decide if this is right for you.
Recovery from Vein Removal with The GentleMax Pro ™
A patient can expect mild bruising and redness for 10 to 15 days after the treatment. To relieve any discomfort and speed the recovery, we suggest using compression socks or stockings for about 1 month.
The results of the treatment should be fully achieved 1 month following the procedure. For best results, a series of treatments is highly suggested.
Vein Removal with the GentleMax Pro ™ is painless, quick, and requires no downtime from any daily activities. The longer varicose and spider veins remain on the body, the harder it is to successfully eliminate them. It is imperative that a person with concern over these veins gets them treated as soon as possible.
As the leading specialist in vein removal in Woodland Hills, West Hills, and Calabasas, come to Dr. Reyes and her team at The Med Spot for a free consultation to explore all the possible treatments and which can best benefit your specific needs.