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Laser for veins is an effective alternative to surgical vein stripping. Laser for veins is a vein surgery that uses heat from a laser to reduce varicose veins. The laser closes the vein, which shrinks it and makes scar tissue form within the vessel, sealing off the vein.

It requires zero downtime and allows the patient to return to normal activity in 24 hours, in most cases. The procedure causes no pain, with patients walking around 30 to 60 minutes post-surgery.

Practitioner During Laser For Veins Treatment

What is Laser for Veins?

Laser for veins is an outpatient procedure using a laser that removes varicose veins. It is an effective alternative to surgical vein stripping and works well with varicose veins on thighs, calves, and face. 

A small incision is made where a catheter will be inserted directly into the varicose vein. The catheter is inserted into the varicose vein, and a laser fiber is fed into the catheter. As the catheter is slowly pulled out, the laser heats the vein, closing and shrinking it. Typically, no stitches are required, and a simple bandage is applied to the incision site.

Laser for Veins Benefits

  • Removes diseased veins: The laser leaves the treated area free of bulging and unsightly varicose veins. 
  • Removes spider veins: Removes spider veins from the face and other sensitive areas. 
  • Reduce vein pain: Alleviates tenderness, swelling, and throbbing in the legs due to the vein.
  • Helps with pain and aches: Relieves aches or pains in the legs after heavy activity, and a feeling of tired or heavy legs. 
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Laser for Veins Cost & Pricing Structure

The price of a laser for veins can vary greatly depending on the number of veins to be treated, and the number of sessions required to fully remove them. On average, it can range from $300 to $600 per session. Multiple sessions may be required to fully eradicate the varicose veins. For spider vein removal, the average price is $350 per session. 

  • US National Average: $443.00 per leg
  • Our Price: $ (to be provided by the client)
  • Additional Costs: Compression stockings usually run about $15.00 per pair for standard stockings and up to $100.00 per pair for designer label brands.
  • Insurance: Typically, insurance doesn’t cover laser for veins, except in severe medical cases, such as severe pain or swelling due to the veins.

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Before and After Gallery

Skin Face Before And After Laser For Veins
Laser For Veins Before And After Images To Female Patient

How Laser for Veins Works

Laser for veins surgery uses the heat from a laser to reduce varicose veins. The laser closes and shrinks the vein, which makes scar tissue within the blood vessel. The scar tissue seals off the vein, forcing the body to reroute the blood to another vein.The treated vein then breaks apart, and the nearby tissue absorbs the vein remnants.

Before & Preparation

Prior to the surgery, you’ll need to meet with your provider and ask any questions that you may have about the surgery, and the recovery period following. You will fill out your health history, and diagnostic and blood tests will be performed.

You should discontinue taking any blood-thinning medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, and if you’re on blood-thinning prescriptions, you’ll need to confirm with your physician that you may discontinue them until you’ve completed recovery. You’ll be asked not to have any food or drink for 8 hours prior. You may be given a sedative, so you will need to arrange to have transportation home.

Woman'S Leg Veins Preparing For Laser Vein Procedure
Female Patient Legs Laser For Veins Procedure

During the Procedure

The procedure is generally done in your provider’s office, and typically it takes less than an hour. Be sure to bring loose-fitting clothing to wear home after the procedure. You will be asked to disrobe and dress in a medical gown. You will need to get onto the medical table, then you’ll be provided with eye protection goggles so your eyes aren’t damaged by the laser.

The area where the incision will be made to place the catheter will be numbed. A numbing agent will be applied along the vein’s length. In addition, an ultrasound will be utilized both before and during the treatment to monitor the vein during the ablation. The catheter is placed into the vein through a tiny incision. After that, the laser fiber is inserted into the catheter. The laser warms the vein while the catheter is gently withdrawn, causing it to shut and shrink. The laser fiber is withdrawn, and the wound is covered with a bandage. There are no sutures required.

Aftercare & Recovery

You’ll be required to walk immediately following surgery. The duration will be between 30 and 60 minutes, and this is done in close proximity to the healthcare provider’s office in case you need medical assistance. However, laser for veins surgery is typically safe and effective, with few if any side effects. You may incur some bruising, but this will go away in about 10-14 days.

Once home, apply an ice pack 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling in the area. You should check the incision sites daily, although some pink is normal to see. Keep the incision site out of water for at least 48 hours. Simply sponge bath until it is safe to immerse the area in water. You may have been fitted with a compression stocking. If you were or ordered to wear one by your healthcare provider, do not attempt to remove it to bathe. Sponge baths will only be sufficient until your follow-up visit.The compression stockings are to prevent leg swelling, blood clotting, and blood pooling in the area. It is imperative you follow your providers’ instructions on the compression stocking. 

Do not sit down or lie down for long periods of time. When you are sitting or lying down, keep your leg raised. You should walk at least three times daily, for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. This should be your routine for at least

Woman'S Legs Sitting Position

the first two weeks. You can return to normal activities, so long as the activity doesn’t include running, jumping, or lifting. These aren’t safe during the first two weeks of recovery. If you see any sign of infection, immediately notify your healthcare provider. Signs of infection are redness or warmth around the surgical incision or fluid leaking from the incision site. 

Treatment Areas

Theoretically, laser for veins surgery isn’t limited to one area of the body. Spider veins and varicose veins typically occur in the same areas of the body, so laser varicose vein surgery is naturally limited to those areas of the body.

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  • Spider veins, the smaller, red-colored veins, usually occur on the legs or the face.
  • Varicose veins are the larger, more noticeable veins. They usually will bulge out from the skin and can become very noticeable. They often occur on the thighs, backs, and fronts of the calves, and the inside of the legs near the ankles and feet.
  • In addition, pregnant women may experience varicose veins at the inner thigh, the lower pelvic area, and the buttocks, in addition to the legs, ankles, and feet.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Laser for Veins?

If you are dealing with mainly aesthetic concerns, like small spider veins, reticular veins, or varicose veins which aren’t twisting around and bulging, laser for veins surgery may be a good option for you. If you are planning to have laser vein surgery, avoid sun exposure, as melanin can disrupt treatment. Also, if you are tattooed over the area you wish to have lasered, you will not be able to have the tattooed area treated.

If you are in generally overall good health and don’t have blood clots, you should be a good candidate, providing you meet the above qualifications as well. However, if you are pregnant, have skin cancer, are on blood thinners, on Accutane, on photosensitizing drugs, have vitiligo, have herpes, or have diabetes, you probably won’t qualify for laser for veins surgery.

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Similar & Related Procedures

  • Ligation: Ligation is a vein tie-off procedure involving surgically tying off the greater saphenous vein in the leg.
  • Vein Stripping: Another form of vein removal, stripping removes the greater saphenous vein in the leg via incisions in the tissue.
Laser Treatment On Patient'S Leg

LASER FOR VEINS SURGERY vs. VEIN LIGATION

Laser For Veins Surgery
General Anesthesia Used:
No general anesthesia, just a simple numbing at the incision site.
Risk of Infection:
Very little infection risk. Just keep the incision site clean and dry.
Quick Recovery:
Patients are up walking within 30 minutes of the procedure.
Vein Ligation
General Anesthesia Used:
Uses general anesthesia.
Risk of Infection:
Yes, there is a risk of infection.
Quick Recovery:
No. Recovery is sometimes quite painful.

Side Effects & Risks

Laser Veins Treatment

Side effects of vein ligation:

  • There is a risk associated with general anesthesia. 
  • Risk of infection. 
  • Risk of bleeding, blood clots, and scarring. 

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Laser for Veins FAQs

Does laser vein removal really work?

Laser vein removal absolutely works, and it works with minimum discomfort. If the procedure is simply to rid the patient of the symptoms from varicose veins, one treatment may be enough to correct the problem. It usually takes more than one treatment to remove the varicose vein completely.

How painful is laser vein removal?

It isn’t painful. If there is any discomfort after the procedure, it is so mild that ibuprofen is the recommended pain relief following the procedure. It is recommended to ice the area to prevent swelling at the incision site. Patients are up walking for 30-60 minutes following the procedure.

How safe is laser vein removal?

Laser vein removal is incredibly safe and minimally invasive. The patient is up and walking within 30 minutes, and back to their routine the next day. The procedure is said to cause zero pain to the patient, and the most common complaint is burning or prickling after recovery from nerve damage.

How long does laser vein treatment take to heal?

Most patients are back to their routine within 24 hours of the procedure completion. If there is any bruising, it typically disappears within 14 days. The incision site needs to be checked daily to ensure there is no sign of infection in the area. The incision is fully healed in less than ten days.

Why should you consider laser leg vein treatment?

Laser leg vein treatment is minimally invasive. It’s incredibly effective, and there is no pain or medication required for post-op care. The patient can be back to their normal routine the same day that the procedure is performed. Any post-procedure pain can be alleviated with ibuprofen.

How much does laser vein removal cost?

Usually, the cost is between $300 and $600 per treatment. The average cost per session is $429, however, that cost can vary significantly based on many factors. The number of veins being treated, any special medical provisions, and a number of other factors can affect the price of the treatment.

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