The pressure of the heart pumping forces blood through the arteries, and these blood vessels transport oxygen-rich and nutrient-rich blood to the various organs and tissues. Once the nutrients and oxygen are depleted from the blood, the “used” blood must then be transported back to the heart for replenishment – and this is done through the veins. The veins have little valves that help push the blood back to the heart.
When a valve is weakened, blood may be unable to flow correctly and can begin to pool inside the vein. When blood pools up in a vein, varicose veins and spider veins can appear if the vein is close to the skin. These can be unsightly and can cause discomfort, and they may even cause circulation problems if the vein becomes too large.
The most preferred and well-known treatment for getting rid of varicose and spider veins is laser therapy. Let’s talk about the most popular laser vein treatments and who you can talk to about having this procedure done.
What Is Simple Laser Treatment for Spider Veins?
The simple laser treatment focuses on removing small varicose veins and spider veins that are visible on the skin. This procedure uses a cooled handpiece with various energy settings.
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Expect some redness to appear within the first two days after treatment. Improvements will occur as early as two weeks. If the veins reappear, repeated treatment may be necessary.
How Does Endovenous Ablation Work?
A newer form of treating varicose veins is endovenous ablation. This procedure treats the veins from the inside through a narrow catheter (thin tube), and there are two methods which may be used by your vein doctor:
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
This procedure uses intense bursts of infrared light inside the vein. The heat produced from this laser makes the walls of the veins contract and close.
The unhealthy vein will eventually dissolve, and blood will be automatically redirected to healthier veins nearby. Over time, the body will absorb the dissolved vein.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (EVRFA)
The EVRFA procedure is similar to the EVLT method, but this uses radiofrequency energy instead of laser energy. During this procedure, the doctor will apply heat via a catheter to the unhealthy vein, causing the vein to seal shut. After the treatment, your leg will have a bandage for at least two days.
Vein Doctor in KCMO
Here at Missouri Vein Specialists, we provide a number of vein treatments to remove your painful and unsightly varicose veins and spider veins. Our own Dr. Scott Darling was one of the first doctors to be certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, and he is dedicated to the treatment of venous disease and circulation issues.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at our office in Liberty, Missouri, contact our friendly team today by calling us at (816) 792-3400. You may also request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you have clear skin that you’re proud of!