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Laser Vein Therapy

Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 06:40 am Comments Off on Laser Vein Therapy

by Dr. R. Genesis Millions of people suffer from unsightly veins on their face, or their body.  Heredity, life style, family history, hormones, sun damage, trauma, medications, and age all have a role to play in development of abnormal blood vessels on the face and body. Spider veins are like overgrown red-purple vines that have grown very superficially in the skin and detract from the appearance of skin by the appearance of “red spots or red lines” on the face or legs.  When these become excessive on the face, they will reveal their dysfunction by dilating more and more frequently by triggers that become eventually “off-limits”.  For example, a glass of wine might trigger a flush so red and intense that wine would be too embarrassing to risk in the future.  Now one more of life’s pleasures would be avoided.  Other typical triggers include: a hot drink, sun exposure, emotions, and exercise.  Sometimes these vessels become so dense in the face that a flush will cause alarm in others.  Others might ask about your blood pressure, or they will silently assume that you drink too much alcohol.  Intense pulsed light to the full face is an excellent method for stabilizing the flushing activity, while also eliminating the spider veins that distract from the complexion and color. Spider veins and small veins on the legs are unsightly and increasingly common with age.   They are elongated twisting veins of varying color from red to purple, of varying size, and varying depth, that may occur singly or in mixed networks.  They have no functional role.  Sometimes the complexes are so large and dense that they appear as a bruise on the medial knee or lateral thigh.  Individuals with complexes such as described are often approached by others with questions about the “bruise”.  The overall effect of the scattered or complexes of veins is distracting enough that some will choose to furthermore avoid clothing that might expose their legs.  This means no more shorts or swim suits in the summer! Another of life’s pleasures is out!  Nirvana will tailor the treatment for any given individual’s vein pattern by choosing from two lasers or one intense pulsed light device, to maximize efficacy and minimize side effects. With research and development of light based therapy, it has become evident to experts that spider veins and small superficial leg veins are highly amenable to laser and pulsed light therapy.  While sclerosant injections are typically used for varicose veins, the small visible veins are choice targets for a red seeking laser.  Light is a simpler, less invasive mechanism to bring about resolution of the small tortuous veins. The light is selectively absorbed into the red – blue blood vessel, heating it up, and causing it to collapse and self absorb.  The technology is diverse, enabling selective treatment of vessels on the basis of size, depth, and color, passing by and through the skin without disruption.  Side effects are usually limited to slight swelling and redness of the blood vessel under the skin, for a few days. It is rare to see blistering with the longer pulse durations which favor simultaneous heating of veins and cooling of skin. Spider veins are like overgrown red-purple vines that have grown very superficially in the skin and detract from the appearance of skin by the appearance of “red spots or red lines” on the face or legs. When these become excessive on the face, they will reveal their dysfunction by dilating more and more frequently by triggers that become eventually “off-limits”. The result of overgrowth of tiny facial veins is progressive redness of the face with problematic flushing. For example, a glass of wine might trigger a flush so red and intense that wine would be too embarrassing to risk in the future. Now one more of life’s pleasures would be avoided. Other typical triggers include: a hot drink, sun exposure, emotions, and exercise. Sometimes these vessels become so dense in the face that a flush will cause alarm in others. Others might ask about your blood pressure, or they will silently assume that you drink too much alcohol. Intense pulsed light to the full face is an excellent method for stabilizing the flushing activity, while also eliminating the spider veins that distract from the complexion and color. Nose veins are often an isolated cosmetic blight that are dealt with in minutes by one of the lasers. Spider veins and small veins on the legs are unsightly and increasingly common with age. They are elongated twisting veins of varying color from red to purple, of varying size, and varying depth, that may occur singly or in mixed networks. They have no functional role. Sometimes the complexes are so large and dense that they appear as a bruise on the medial knee or lateral thigh. Individuals with complexes such as described are often approached by others with questions about the “bruise”. The overall effect of the scattered veins, or complexes of veins, is distracting enough that some will choose to furthermore avoid clothing that might expose their legs. This means no more shorts or swim suits in the summer! Another of life’s pleasures is out! Nirvana will tailor the treatment for any given individual’s vein pattern by choosing from two lasers or one intense pulsed light device, to maximize efficacy and minimize side effects. With research and development of light based therapy, it has become evident to experts that spider veins and small superficial leg veins are highly amenable to laser and pulsed light therapy. Traditionally, injections into the veins, or surgery, were the treatments of choice, but now the latter therapies are reserved primarily for larger deeper vein problems such as true varicosities or incapacitated veins. Light is a much simpler less invasive mechanism to bring about resolution of the small tortuous veins. The light is selectively absorbed into the red – blue blood vessel, heating it up, and causing it to collapse and self absorb. The technology is diverse, enabling selective treatment of vessels on the basis of size, depth, and color, passing by and through the skin without disruption. Side effects are usually limited to slight swelling and redness of the blood vessel under the skin, for a few days. Occasionally there may be some superficial blistering or scabbing or bruising that resolves completely in the next days, but this is uncommon. The process is quick and easy. People will often “stop in after work for a treatment”. They are back to work the following day with “no downtime”. The only restriction is the recommendation that sun be avoided for a few weeks.


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