Am I a Candidate for Laser Vein Removal?

by Trudi Schrieber

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Varicose veins and spider veins can be a point of frustration for many individuals, particularly because these unattractive and uncomfortable veins can pop up on your legs no matter how healthy you are, or how well you take care of yourself. Nearly a quarter of all women in the U.S., and 15 percent of all men, are plagued by varicose and/or spider veins. Many of these individuals can’t blame anything other than genes for the look of their legs, while others experience vein problems from prolonged sitting or standing. With increasing numbers of people engaged in sedentary activity for eight or more hours each day (i.e., working a desk job), the likelihood of these vein problems is likely to increase.

Because the causes of varicose and spider veins are often unavoidable, many individuals seek laser vein removal treatment to even out the appearance of their legs. Laser treatments use a pulsing laser to target unsightly veins, where they heat seal the veins, and the body then absorbs the damaged vessels naturally. After a series of treatments, the undesirable look of varicose or spider veins fades away.

So, who is a good candidate for laser vein removal?

  • You should be in relatively good health. Any medical conditions should be brought to the attention of your laser vein removal specialist at your initial consultation.
  • It is important that you do not take any blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, on a regular basis.
  • You should be free of any diseases that prevent your blood from clotting properly.
  • Your skin tone must be responsive to the treatment. Fair skin tones usually respond best to laser vein removal treatments, but many other skin types will respond positively, as well, when the treatments are performed by a skilled professional.
  • You should not tan for several months before your treatment, as the active pigment cells in tanned skin will absorb the treatment before it can get to the veins. Likewise, you will not be able to tan for around three weeks after treatment.
  • You shouldn’t have unusual scar formations, such as keloids.
  • If you have spider veins, laser vein removal is only effective on smaller ones, so your unwanted veins should be 5 mm or under.
  • You should understand the risks and costs of the treatments,and hold realistic expectations about the treatment outcome.

While these criteria can be a good starting point when you’re considering laser vein removal, only your laser vein removal specialist can determine whether or not the procedure is right for you. Various skin types pose different challenges to laser treatments. To learn more about the laser vein treatments, the potential risks involved, and whether you are a good candidate, HealthySkinPortal can point you in the right direction. We can schedule your initial consultation with a qualified laser treatment specialist.

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