Laser Vein Therapy
Laser Therapy for Spider Veins
The presence of “broken blood vessels”, spider, or varicose veins can cause people to feel uncomfortable in their bodies. Fortunately, we have office procedures including lasering or sclerotherapy that can eliminate or reduce these unsightly veins. Through injection or laser therapy, we can treat the spider veins on your legs. Facial veins are usually easily treated with laser.
Not all laser platforms advertised for treating leg veins are effective, and you may hear that only sclerotherapy works. We actually offer both laser and sclerotherapy, and have found that the Lumenis One laser works very well for leg veins on most people. We’ve found that compression is not necessary after the laser procedure, while we do still recommend compression therapy for a week after sclerotherapy. The Lumenis One laser is used to diminish vascular lesions including broken blood vessels on the body, significantly improving the appearance of these veins with each treatment. Normal activities can be resumed soon after the treatment and side effects are rare. A series of three treatments is usually required. Raised varicose veins cannot be treated with this laser, and you may be referred to a vascular surgeon or radiologist with specialized training to deal with these.
Another more traditional, though still very effective way of treating spider veins is with sclerotherapy. Here a small amount of a dilute solution of a compound called Asclera is injected with a very small needle using magnification directly into the veins. This is better than using hypertonic saline, as it is less painful and has less risk of prolonged bruising or scarring. The legs will need compression for a few days after this treatment. We will determine which procedure would be best to treat your veins.
To find out more about eliminating your unsightly veins, contact our Santa Barbara office today. The sclerotherapy and laser vein procedures are perfomed in our Santa Barbara office by Dr. Douglas J. Mackenzie or Physician Assistant Jessica Barker.