Laser Vein Removal Benefits - Northern Virginia
The presence of spider veins or varicose veins can leave a person feeling insecure and embarrassed to show off their legs in shorts, skirts, or other revealing clothing. Many patients are happy to learn that there are treatment options available to eliminate the signs of spider and varicose veins. At Dr. Timothy Mountcastle’s Northern Virginia plastic surgery practice, patients can learn about laser vein removal and its benefits.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Most of us have heard the terms “varicose” and “spider” veins but we may be unsure of the difference between the two conditions.
Varicose veins: Varicose veins are blood vessels that are large and swollen and twist and turn within the body. These veins can be seen through the skin and are most likely to develop in the legs.
Spider veins: Spider veins also twist and turn and can be easily seen through the skin. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and may appear to be red, purple, or blue. Spider veins are likely to appear on the legs or face.
Varicose and spider veins are not only unattractive, but they can cause physical discomfort as well. Patients suffering from varicose or spider veins may experience aching, cramping, tingling, or restlessness in the legs.
Causes of Varicose and Spider Veins
There are many possible causes of varicose and spider veins. Some of the most common causes include:
Employment that involves long hours of being on your feet
Use of birth control
History of blood clots
Dr. Mountcastle offers his patients in Northern Virginia vein treatment to relieve the symptoms and signs of varicose and spider veins. Laser treatment is one of the most popular options for treating varicose and spider veins. Laser treatment options include:
The VNUS Closure® procedure and endovenous laser procedure:During this treatment, Dr. Mountcastle makes a small incision and inserts a small catheter into the vein to be treated. The catheter emits radiofrequency energy to heat up the vein and shrink, and then seal, the collagen in the vein wall. The entire treatment can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes.
Laser vein removal:This treatment uses lasers energy on the surface of the skin to cause underlying veins to coagulate and shrink. The veins usually fade within two to six weeks. On average, three treatments will be required to achieve desired results. This laser treatment is best suited for small, superficial veins.
If these procedures are not the ideal treatment for you, Dr. Mountcastle can discuss other treatment options such as sclerotherapy, VeinWave™, and microphlebectomy.
Benefits of Laser Vein Removal
Patient who undergo laser vein removal benefit from the following:
Renewed self esteem
Confidence wearing shorts, skirts, and swimsuits
Freedom from pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins