Laser Vein Removal
Laser Vein Removal?
Exactly as its name suggests, laser vein removal is a procedure to remove, or at least reduce the visibility of, veins that have become visible beneath the skin, or that protrude noticeably under the skin, both usually as a result of aging. The procedure restores the smooth, clear look of your skin, and helps you look younger.
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What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are often blue, red, or purple, and have the appearance of a spiderweb, which is how they got their name. They’re most often found on the face and legs.
What are Varicose Veins?
While they’re more often seen in older people, varicose veins can also be caused by pregnancy. In addition, obesity, family history, sitting or standing for long periods of time, and gender (women get them more often than men) can be contributing factors to developing varicose veins.
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How is Laser Vein Removal Performed?
Here at TCC, we perform laser vein removal with three state-of-the-art laser systems:
Treatment sessions may take about an hour. The time required will depend on your skin type, the extent of the condition, the number of areas to be treated, and the sizes of those areas. Laser vein removal is customized to each patient based on those factors. Some conditions may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. However, some patients do see noticeable improvement after just one session.
Potential side effects of laser vein removal include, but aren't limited to redness and some swelling. There is little to no downtime required, and you should be able to resume your normal daily activities immediately following each session.
How to Prevent
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
If you don’t have either condition, but are concerned about it due to a family history, career field, or other factor, these tips may help keep varicose veins or spider veins from developing.
- Avoid prolonged sitting and standing. If you must do either, be sure to take regular breaks.
- Avoid tight socks and knee-high nylons. They can impede the movement of blood up your leg.
- Avoid tight clothing. Jeans or other garments that are tight around your waist, legs or groin can restrict blood flow.
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes (above 1.5 inches) on a daily basis. This prevents your calf muscle from contracting properly, which will interfere with the movement of blood back toward your heart.
- Avoid crossing your legs for long periods of time. It interrupts blood flow.
- Lose weight. Try to achieve the ideal weight for your frame.
- Reduce your salt intake. Salt causes your body to retain water, which expands blood vessel walls, and subsequently weakens them.
- Exercise. Regular activity keeps your blood flowing properly, and improves your heart’s performance.
- Elevate your legs. When sitting for long periods, prop your legs up. If you have a desk job, put a footrest or even just a box under your desk.
Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program or changing your diet.