Historically, the only way to rid yourself of your unsightly and potentially dangerous vein issues was by undergoing a painful surgery with risks of complications, long recovery times, and ugly scarring. Many people would decide that the surgery was worse than the discomfort and unsightliness of the disorder, and wouldn’t seek treatment, even if they were putting their lives in danger by ignoring possible medical problems.
Today, however, advances in medical technology—laser vein treatments, to be more precise—make treatment of vein disease a much simpler procedure, allowing for less complications, a shorter recovery time, and a virtually painless, scar-free experience. Dr. Wright from the St. Louis Laser Vein Center has the knowledge and skills needed to help you live a vein disease free life using the latest in vein laser treatment options.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
This outpatient procedure is performed under a local anesthetic in your doctor’s office by inserting a small fiber into the vein—the incision area is smaller than a pencil point—after which a small laser uses light energy to zap the vein until it collapses, eventually being absorbed into the body.
There is also another form of ablation that can be used in the treatment of varicose veins, known as radiofrequency venous ablation, in which radio waves are used in the place of a laser. Both can be equally effective; your doctor will determine which tool he will utilize in your vein disorder treatment plan.
Simple Laser Treatment
Mostly used for spider veins or as a second step after endovenous laser ablation, simple laser treatment is exactly what it sounds like: a tiny laser is used to “zap” small spider veins from the surface of the skin. There can be side effects to this laser treatment, and people with darker skin will not be considered ideal candidates. Slight scarring and hyper pigmentation can occur after the use of a simple laser treatment, so that should be considered before undergoing the procedure.
For spider veins, the most common treatment procedure today is ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, a process in which a liquid is injected into the vein using an ultrasound to help find veins that may be hiding deeper under the skin. The liquid then irritates the vein, causing it to close and be absorbed naturally by the body.
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Dr. Wright is a St. Louis dermatology expert in laser vein therapy. This is your body; don’t you want the best treatment possible? Today’s procedures are minimally invasive and virtually pain free. There’s no longer any need to be afraid of vein disease treatment with your trusted dermatologist in St. Louis MO!