Treatment of Leg Veins
Introducing a breakthrough in leg vein treatment – a new laser that provides a gentle method of removing unsightly spider veins to deep blue reticular veins quickly, safely and effectively without painful injections or incisions.
This leg vein treatment method cools and soothes the skin as it removes spider leg veins. The CoolGlide Laser system now makes it possible to treat a wide range of skin types safely and effectively. Patients with dark, light or tanned skin can experience outstanding results with minimal bruising.
How does leg vein therapy work?
The system delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.
Who can be treated?
The CoolGlide features a unique design and long wavelength that allows leg vein treatment for patients of all skin types.
What types of veins can be treated?
This laser can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins (or “telanglectasia”) can be treated quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and large blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins are not good candidates.
How does this compare to schlerotherapy?
Your doctor will advise you on the best course of action, but many physicians and patients prefer laser vein therapy because there are no painful injections.
How many treatments will I need?
Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the veins being treated.
Does the treatment hurt?
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the vein treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
What happens after the treatment?
Following your treatment, some redness or bruising may occur. When large veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment. Patients who have leg vein treatments will need to wear support hose for a short period of time.
What are the possible side effects?
Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after the treatment?
Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately. However, it is recommended that you avoid vigorous activities such as strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure.
When will I see results?
Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear but these too can be removed.
How much experience does your staff have with leg vein treatment?
We have served the Richmond, Virginia, community for over ten years. Dr. Gregory T. Lynam obtained two degrees at the Medical College of Virginia. Our staff continues to learn about the latest vein treatment methods by attending conferences and seminars.
“Great experience. Wonderful staff and physician interaction. Dr Lynam is personable and truly understands the anxiety that comes along with any elected surgical procedure. ”
– Leg Veins Patient