Leg Vein Removal
Laser Leg Vein Removal is the perfect treatment to reduce unsightly spider and reticular veins on legs. This non-invasive treatment is most often performed on the upper and lower legs and ankles to improve the vascular appearance of the skin. There is no downtime and minimal discomfort and risk. It is the ideal treatment for those wanting a more even skin complexion on their legs while still enjoying their regular daily activities.
What does laser vein removal treatment feel like?
Treatments are approximately 15-60 minutes depending on the extent of the treatment area. Your skin will be cleansed prior to beginning the treatment. You will be provided protective eye shields or glasses to wear during the treatment. A cool gel will be applied to the treatment area on the skin. The light device will then be applied to the skin in a pattern of pulses. Although the treatment is tolerable, most clients assimilate the feel of Laser Leg Vein Removal to deep throbbing pulse in the skin. This feeling only lasts during the treatment application. Topical anesthetic will not reduce the discomfort of the procedure, as it is deep and not superficial. Once complete, the skin will feel and appear warm like a blushing sensation. The gel will be removed from the area; your skin will be cleansed again. You may go about your regular daily activities, avoiding excessive sun exposure to the area and excessive exercise.
How does the treatment work?
The veins that most individuals want removed are called spider (tiny red/purplish veins) and reticular (larger blue veins) veins, a complex network of tissue that extend from the deeper vascular structures of the body. Treating spider and reticular veins with laser energy does not cause trauma to the deeper vascular structures. Each vein is individually treated, although due to the vast network, some veins may dissolve by treating another branch of the same network. As the light is applied to the skin, the hemoglobin in the vein absorbs the light energy. The heat from the laser causes the vessel to collapse, and gradually the tissue dissipates within the body, leaving a more even skin complexion.
Treatments are generally recommended in a series of 2-6 sessions, performed 6-12 weeks apart for optimal results. Some clients may require more treatments.
Veins can rebuild themselves, or new extensions of deeper vessels may develop. Maintenance treatments are recommended based on the development of these veins.
What equipment/product do you use?
At Blue Seas Med Spa we use a laser device by Alma called Harmony, which uses laser to treat the veins.
What skin features can the treatment improve?
The equipment that we use can improve:
✔ Small Spider Veins (Telangiectasias)
✔ Spider Veins
✔ Reticular Veins
✔ Background Redness
Additionally, this laser device can treat other vascular lesions including:
✔ Port Wine Stains
These conditions may require maintenance treatment and topical therapy to reduce recurrence of condition.
Where on the face and body can the treatments be performed?
Laser Leg Vein Removal is most commonly performed on the upper and lower legs and ankles.
What is the pre-treatment care?
Please follow the recommended skincare regimen as directed by your Consultation Coordinator or Provider.
It is most important to make sure that the treatment area is not exposed to the sun for 2 weeks prior to treatment. This includes tanning beds, self-tanners and any pigment enhancing process for the skin. Sun exposure will make the skin sensitive to absorbing the treatment light more easily, which increases risk for potential side effects. Daily use of sunblock with SPF30 or higher will assist in reducing sun exposure, but will not do enough if you are regularly outside. If your skin is tan at the time of treatment, or if you had recent exposure to the sun (ie: watching a soccer game, baseball game), your provider may delay your treatment to a later date to reduce risk of side effects. Please discuss with your Provider if any medications or supplements need to be discontinued prior to care as well.
What is the post-treatment care?
Please follow the recommended skincare regimen as directed by your Consultation Coordinator or Provider. Compression hose are often recommended to provide pressure on the area for faster results. As we do not want to create a dramatic change in vascular pressure, it is not recommended to fly or scuba dive for a week following each treatment. Additionally, avoid sun exposure for two weeks following each treatment as you will be more sun sensitive and could compromise the results of the treatment. Avoid excessive exercise for a few days following each treatment.
Please note, the treated veins and the surrounding tissue may appear darker or purplish/blue in color during the reabsorption phase. This may appear to look like a bruise. Topical use of arnica Montana or vitamin K gels may help with resolving these pigments faster.
Who are the best candidates?
The best candidates for this procedure are those with early signs to spider and reticular veins who desire a healthier, more youthful appearance. Those candidates should also have realistic expectations and be committed to improving their skin and maintaining results under the direction of a skincare professional. Please note this procedure is not recommended for pregnant women.
Can all skin types be treated?
All skin types can be treated with this technology.
What results are expected?
With a series of 2-6 treatments, provided at the recommended intervals, one should expect an overall improvement in the reduction of their veins. Individual results vary.
When can you expect the results?
Results gradually develop with each treatment.
After treatment, the skin will continue to age. It is important to follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent new vein development in addition to receiving maintenance treatments to maintain results. Please consult with your Consultation Coordinator or Provider for the best effective plan for your goals. We measure results based on the goals of the consultation and with clinical photography. Your Consultation Coordinator and/or Provider will assess your results throughout your treatment program. Photos of the treatment area will be taken prior to your first treatment and at the completion of the program. Additional photographs may be taken as needed.
What are things to consider in choosing to have this treatment? Are there potential risks or side effects?
Discomfort is associated with the treatment, similar to the sensation of a deep throbbing pulse on the skin. This sensation does not continue after treatment. There is minimal if any downtime with each treatment, although side effects are possible.
With any light therapy treatment, there are potential side effects. Minimizing sun exposure before and after treatment minimizes risk of side effects. There are also certain medications and supplements that can cause more photosensitivity and may affect the results of the treatment. You must advise your Consultation Coordinator or Provider of any changes in medical history.
Side effects can include:
✔ erythema (or redness/flushing) of the skin for up to 48 hours following treatment
✔ edema (mild swelling)
✔ blisters, which if treated improperly can lead to infection and scars
✔ hyper (dark) or hypo(light) pigmentation
✔ blushing or staining (superficial vessels that may develop as veins collapse and generally are resolved with additional treatments)
✔ striping (a pattern of irregularly treated skin) which generally resolves with consecutive treatments
✔ mild bruising
✔ loss of hair in the treated area (some wavelengths of light will also destroy those hair follicles in the growth phase)
✔ Deep Vein Thrombosis
Why should I receive this treatment from Blue Seas Med Spa? You should receive treatments from Blue Seas Med Spa for multiple reasons. We have highly skilled professionals providing these treatments with excellent client satisfaction. We are very cautious with treatments taking all necessary steps to ensure safety and efficacy. We pride ourselves in our client services, creating relationships that make our clients our number one referral source. We are under the medical direction of Dr. Christopher Olson.
How much does the treatment cost?
The cost of Laser Leg Vein Removal varies depending on the treatment area. Treatment packages are available for additional treatment savings. A specific cost will be provided to you in your personal Cosmetic Consultation.
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