Laser Treatment For Varicose Veins

Laser Treatment For Varicose Veins Specialist
At her office in Rialto, California Dr. Hedyeh M. Golshan treats patients throughout San Bernardino county for medical and cosmetic needs.

Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Q & A

by Hedyeh M. Golshan, MD

What Precisely Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and filled with blood. They’re usually visible, looking like a purple or blue knotty mass below the skin’s surface.

Varicose veins are similar to spider veins, but the two are distinct medical issues. Spider veins are capillaries that have become enlarged, and they typically look like miniature varicose veins. Spider veins are just a cosmetic issue, but varicose veins can pose serious health risks.

Where Do Varicose Veins Develop?

Varicose veins usually appear on the legs; however, they can be anywhere on the body.

How are Varicose Veins Treated?

Doctors have a few different ways to treat varicose veins. Wearing compression stockings is one of the least invasive treatment options, so it’s often tried first. If compression stockings don’t resolve the issue, a doctor may recommend sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, an ambulatory phlebectomy, or laser vein treatment.

How Does Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Work?

There are several laser treatments for varicose veins, but the concept behind all of them is similar. These treatments use a laser to harden a varicose vein. (Doctors are able to use highly focused lasers to harden only the vein and not cause significant harm to surrounding tissue.)

In hardening the vein, the laser damages the vein. The damaged vein will close, which cuts off the blood flow through the vein. Blood will instead go through a nearby healthy vein, and the damaged vein will eventually die. Once the vein dies, the body will naturally destroy the vein until it’s no longer present.

What Kinds of Laser Treatments Are Available for Varicose Veins?

The different laser treatments for varicose veins can be categorized into two groups. External treatments can effectively treat minor varicose veins and spider veins. Endovenous treatments are used to treat varicose veins that are large or deep.

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