People who have varicose veins or spider veins may feel self-conscious about the unsightly appearance of their legs and choose to cover them up by wearing long pants. Varicose veins are larger, bulged, swollen veins that twist-and-turn and are blue or purple in colour. They are caused by weakened valves in the veins that allow blood to pool, leading to the swelling and twisting of the veins. Women who develop varicose veins during pregnancy are also a common sight.
Spider veins, on the other hand, are smaller, red, blue veins that appear in a web-like pattern and in clusters. Spider veins are caused by the dilation of small blood vessels near the skin’s surface. They are not usually a medical concern, but they can be aesthetically unappealing to some people.
Having spider or varicose veins can affect more than your appearance. These veins can cause serious discomfort and put you at risk for a complication like a blood clot or open sores on your legs.
Since varicose veins and spider veins are not the same conditions, they are managed through different treatment approaches.
Laser treatment for varicose veins is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to heat and seal the affected veins from the inside for larger veins that are deeper below the skin’s surface. This procedure is called endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) or endovenous laser therapy (EVLT).
On the other hand, laser treatments for spider veins are usually delivered through the skin surface. Effective laser treatments for spider veins include:
Laser treatment for spider veins involves the use of high-intensity light energy to selectively target and heat the small blood vessels that cause spider veins, causing them to collapse and be absorbed by the body. Laser light can destroy the vein without damaging your skin.
Minimally invasive: Requires only local anaesthesia and is relatively painless, patients may experience only mild discomfort or a sensation of warmth during the procedure
Precision: Laser light therapy is precise, targeting only the affected veins while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed
Reduced risk of complications: Compared to traditional vein surgery, laser treatment for leg veins has a lower risk of complications such as bleeding, infection and nerve damage
High success rate: Many patients experience significant improvement in the appearance and symptoms of their leg veins in four to six weeks after the treatment
Long-lasting results: The results are long-lasting, with most patients experiencing a reduction in the appearance of leg veins for several years after the procedure
Significantly reduce the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins, which can improve self-esteem and confidence
Relieve pain, aching, discomfort and swelling associated with leg veins, which can worsen after prolonged standing or sitting
To alleviate symptoms such as leg pain, fatigue and cramping caused by chronic venous insufficiency, a medical condition that occurs when the veins in the legs are unable to efficiently return blood to the heart
By addressing these problems, laser treatments for leg veins can improve both the appearance and function of the legs, leading to an improvement in overall quality of life.
Before undergoing laser treatment for leg veins, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and precautions associated with the procedure. If you are pregnant, this treatment is not recommended for you, instead it is recommended to get it treated naturally such as elevating your legs periodically to improve circulation.
As laser treatments for leg veins are minimally invasive and considered safe, there are very minimal side effects to it, such as redness and swelling, bruising, skin irritation, numbness or tingling. However, there’s nothing to worry as they are temporary and will subside within a few hours or days.
Our laser treatment typically takes less than one hour and results in minimal scarring. Soon after your treatment you will be allowed home. It is advisable not to drive but to take public transport, walk or have a friend drive you. You will have to wear compression stockings for up to two weeks to improve blood flow and reduce swelling and may resume normal daily activity on the day itself.
The cost of laser treatment for leg veins can vary depending on the clinic offering it, the severity and extent of the vein problem, the type of laser used, and the number of treatment sessions required. In general, to treat leg veins with laser treatments, expect it to cost anywhere from RM500 to RM1,500 per session, a few sessions may be needed to achieve the optimal result.
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No. Due to the small size of the laser fibre insertion point, most patients do not experience any scarring at all.
Some patients notice the veins increasing in size over the years. Left untreated, this increase in pressure can progress to leg pain, swelling of the ankles and legs, skin discoloration and complaints of “heaviness” or “tired” legs.
You will be encouraged to walk immediately after the completion of the procedure.