IPL (Intense pulsed light) treatment for spider veins
IPL treatment, known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy, uses non-laser, a high-intensity light source to helps reduce and heal spider veins as well as other skin blemishes and problems. IPL therapy damages the walls of your blood vessels with heat. This application of heat causes the spider veins walls to weaken and then vanish over the next several weeks. IPL works best on 1mm or smaller vessels close to the surface of the skin.
IPL And How It Works to Treat Spider Veins
In many regards, IPL treatment is like laser treatment therapy. The major difference is that the light isn’t focused. This has its advantages. The procedure offers the benefit of being more speedy than the laser. Since the light isn’t as focused as the laser, it can cover a wider area (up to almost a half inch per pulse.) The light is not as precise as it is with a laser nor is it set at a particular wavelength. This makes for less than optimal penetration of the skin. As is the case with laser treatment, you will likely need more than one treatment before you see the full potential of the technique.
What are the risks of laser therapy?
Laser and IPL therapy may not be suitable for everyone. Sometimes, patients with tanned or darker skin tones have additional complications. The increased amount of pigmentation (melanin) in the skin has the potential to absorb the energy from the laser or light, causing permanent discoloration. In cases where patients do experience some discoloration, their normal skin color usually returns in four (4) to six (6) months after treatment.
When completed by an experienced physician, your risk of side effects fall, however when handled by an untrained user, IPL treatment may lead to patchy darkened areas of skin. There is a small risk that skin treated with a laser can become very thin, leading to ulceration in very rare cases.
What about the costs of IPL Treatment?
Treatments for spider veins (whether they be Laser or IPL) are generally considered cosmetic and not medical. Therefore they are not covered by medical insurance. The cost of the different procedures vary depending on:
- which method is used to treat the condition,
- the number of veins being treated,
- the size of the veins,
- how large of an area is being treated and
- the number of follow-up treatments that are needed.
If endovenous laser therapy is considered medically necessary under your insurance company’s particular guidelines, it may be covered by insurance. Insurance guidelines can be extremely specific and complex, so make sure to check directly with your insurer or ask the staff at your vein clinic to check for you.
Zap Away your Spider Veins
Laser/light therapy is an exciting new procedure in the field of spider vein treatment. Laser/light therapy safely uses light energy to erase painful and unsightly veins. The therapeutic method is 100% toxin-free and non-invasive, giving you the results you deserve without the risks or down-time that come with other forms of treatment.
How does it work?
Researchers and practitioners have been able to apply the seemingly limitless potential of lasers to the field of vein treatment. A carefully calibrated laser focuses photon energy on the unwanted blood cells in the vein. As the laser is applied to the spider veins the photons create heat energy strong enough to destroy the blood vessel but at safe enough levels to leave other tissue and structures unharmed.
What are the possible risks?
Like with any kind of treatment, there are some risks associated with laser therapy. While they are rare and relatively minor, they can occur. Possible side-effects can include:
- Light bleeding
- Crusting of the skin
- Discoloration of the area
- Pain and discomfort
- Localized scarring
- Temporary swelling
These side effects are significantly reduced when the procedure is performed by one of our highly-trained professionals. Experience and professionalism make all the difference.
One reason I trusted The Advanced Vein Center is because of their highly-trained staff. After just one visit it became very clear that they know their stuff. I was a bit worried because I had read a lot of accounts on the internet about women who went to their dermatologist’s office to have their veins treated and were disappointed with the results. I didn’t want to end up spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to see no results.
-Becca (age 53)
Why do so many people choose laser therapy for spider veins?
Laser therapy is thought of by many to the optimal therapy when it comes to treating spider veins on the face. It is preferred by many because it is non-invasive and has a low rate of complications.
Can it be used to treat visible veins on my legs?
Laser therapy is quickly becoming the treatment of choice for facial spider veins. While, it can also be utilized on other areas of the body, it is not the only type of therapy out there. If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from spider veins on your legs, sclerotherapy is a great option for their removal. Talk to your provider about sclerotherapy if you are interested.
Modern Treatments of Spider Veins
To some people, spider veins may seem like an insignificant condition, but there are millions of us that live with the itching, burning, unsightly appearance and stress that these veins can cause. Luckily, there have been huge strides in the treatment of spider veins over the last decade, meaning that you don’t have to continue living with this affliction.
As with any condition, if you are living with venous disease (including spider veins), the first step is to find answers to your questions. Below are straightforward explanations to many of the topics about which spider vein sufferers wonder.
Spider Veins FAQs
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are swollen or enlarged veins that are visible through the skin because of their blue or red color. They get their name from their spider leg appearance. When the veins become dilated they twist and turn like the gnarled branches of a tree in a horror movie. Depending on the seriousness of spider veins, these blue lines can haphazardly meander the length of the legs, around the ankles and even down to the heels. Because they are highly visible, spider veins are often a source of embarrassment.
Are There Dangers Associated with Spider Veins?
By and large, spider veins are not particularly dangerous. However they can result in discomfort, pain, itching and swelling. They can sometimes be accompanied by a rash. Spider veins can certainly decrease your quality of life.
What are the Causes of Spider Veins?
Both spider and varicose veins occur when weak or damaged valves in your veins can no longer effectively pump blood back to your heart. They most commonly appear in the lower extremities of the body because the valves can no longer compete with the force of gravity. The blood will pool in the legs instead of being pumped back up to the heart. Spider veins can appear in other areas, like the shoulders or face. As more and more blood pools in an area, the veins can easily be seen through the skin.
Who is at Risk of Developing Spider Veins?
Studies show that 30% to 60% of adults suffer from either varicose or spider veins. Genetics can play a role in spider veins, so if someone in your family has them, you may develop them too. Other factors include gender, age, weight, underlying medical conditions, and a past history of blood clots.
If, because of your job or other regular activity, you spend a lot of time on your feet, you are more likely to develop spider veins. Teachers, hair stylists, restaurant and factory workers are vulnerable to this painful medical condition. For some reason, women are slightly more likely to get spider veins than men. According to research, one in three women have spider veins while one in four suffer from varicose veins. Older people also have more cases than younger people. If you’ve suffered from injuries in the legs, previously had vein surgery or have been exposed to a lot of sunlight during your lifetime, you have an elevated risk for developing spider veins.
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