Laser Vein Removal
Laser Vein Removal – the gentle way to remove unwanted and unsightly veins.
Today, we have a few new laser technology that provide safe and effective, non-surgical options for the removal of spider veins and “broken” capillaries.
Our new and advanced laser treatments allow us to deliver a precise dose of energy to each vein, while protecting the overlying skin. The laser energy is absorbed by the blood vessels and the heat causes thermocoagulation of the blood vessel. These treated vessels are then gradually removed by the body.
Laser vein removal in SW1 Clinic is done using the GentleYag, the VBeam Perfecta or the CoolView system, depending on the patient’s skin type, to ensure a fully customisable and safest approach.
What are the treatment options for removal of leg veins?
In the past, the only viable option for removing spider veins was Sclerotherapy.
In SW1 Clinic, our multiple laser choices, opens up the different options for leg vein removal, and allows even more thorough eradication of spider veins. While Sclerotherapy is more suited for larger veins, laser vein removal is the treatment of choice for smaller and finer veins. Treatment is quicker, easier and more comfortable.
For best results, you may require a combination of therapies. Our doctors at SW1 Clinic will advise you on the suitable options after a detailed consultation with you.
What are the treatments like?
First, we identify the veins to be treated. The larger veins are usually treated first. Using a delicate handpiece, we deliver laser energy to the vein. Most patients report little, if any discomfort. Some experience a “rubber band snap” sensation when we apply the laser pulse.
How many treatments will I need?
Significant improvement is realized in most cases with one or two treatments. However, new veins may occur and additional treatments are generally required for optimum results. Treatments may be done at 4 to 8 weeks’ intervals. Laser vein removal is best combined with sclerotherapy for best results, as this will lead to the fastest clearance outcomes.
Am I suitable for laser vein removal?
We will review your medical history prior to any treatment, determine your skin type and severity of your condition and if there has been any prior surgery or treatment done on your veins. We need to exclude any deeper or more serious venous abnormality. If there an underlying abnormality is suspected, further investigations may be advised prior to your laser therapy.
Is there any special post-treatment care?
You may be prescribed special medical compression stockings to keep the treated veins closed after treatment. Avoidance of hot baths and strenuous exercise after treatment is also advised. There may be temporary darkening of the treated veins which will usually disappear after the first week. While each vein may require a few sessions, most disappear in 2 to 6 weeks as the treated vein is resorbed by the body.
There is no downtime involved, and you are generally encouraged to resume most normal activities immediately.