Treatment of Vascular Conditions including Varicose and Spider Veins
Have you decided you will no longer wear shorts in summer because you are embarrassed about the visible veins on your legs?
You don’t enjoy going swimming in a bathing costume at the beach for fear of your veins being noticed?
About Face laser would like to help you regain your confidence to wear shorts and bathers and to have the freedom to be active and enjoy all the activities you did before ‘VEINS’.
History of Vein Removal
Traditionally vein treatments have been performed by surgical removal. This was a painful process with associated surgical risk factors.
While sclerotherapy (injecting a solution) into the veins has been used in the past it is still a popular and effective treatment for suitable veins today.
Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins
Most varicose veins are best treated with compression sclerotherapy which involves a series of treatments with painless injections into the vein, using a solution that causes the vein to close.
Varicose veins are caused by valve failure in the veins. These are found every few inches along the vein and normally prevent blood flowing back down the leg. In the case of varicose veins, because of faulty valves, most of the blood is flowing back down the leg instead of returning to the heart, making them bulge, and often causing aching or swollen legs, restless legs at night and other symptoms such as burning and itching. In severe cases, there can be ulceration.
Treatments are followed by a week or two in support stockings (available from the clinic at the time of first treatment). The number of treatments required is usually between 2 and 3.
What veins and vascular conditions laser can treat?
Laser treatments are now a routine procedure for the removal of many types of vascular lesions including:
- Veins of all sizes
- Vascular birthmarks (port wine stains)
- Cherry angiomas
- Campbell de Morgan spots
How does it work?
Our highly experienced laser specialist will focus either the Dynamis Long Pulse Nd:YAG or Diolite KTP laser on the affected vein or birthmark. The light of the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the blood. During this time the affected area will start to change colour as it whitens thanks to the gentle heat applied by the laser. The blood vessels will ‘disappear’ indicating the desired effect has been achieved. This makes the process very controlled and safe.
Does it hurt?
Most patients find the treatment to be quick and painless with skin cooling.
What are some of the side effects?
Generally, both injections and laser are safe and effective for vascular treatments without long-term side effects.
Sometimes after a laser treatment, a patient may experience a mild scabbing which is transient and mostly avoided by skin cooling during the treatment.
Veins treated by sclerotherapy can appear a little darker post treatment – this is a normal process of the vein coagulation and will disappear in time.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments required will depend on the type and extent of the vascular lesion.
Larger veins on the legs may require 2 or more sessions while spider veins on the face or legs often only require 1 session.
A consultation with Dr Campey will give you a more accurate idea of the treatments required to treat your veins.
With vein treatments, it is possible to claim a portion of the cost back through Medicare.
Dr Campey has been treating varicose and spider veins for more than 15 years with sclerotherapy and laser achieving very high success rates and a perfect safety record.
For information on the prices for this treatment, you can visit our price guide page.