Over half of all women over 50 develop varicose veins in their legs, and some develop a set of twisted, blue bulges at a much younger age.
Varicose veins can be embarrassing and even painful, and many people avoid wearing short skirts, dresses and shorts in order to hide them. However, there are laser treatments available to get rid of varicose veins permanently.
Varicose veins are caused by a weakening of the valve. When blood does not flow easily and the body has poor circulation, the blood begins to pool in the weakened areas. As the veins become filled, they start to bulge out through the skin, creating the unsightly appearance.
The endovenous laser procedure is a minimally-invasive procedure that can treat varicose veins. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and does not require general anesthesia. The EVLT laser works by delivering a precise dose of energy into the vein wall so that it collapses. When the blood can no longer flow to the area, it has to be diverted to other functioning veins. The endovenous laser ablation treatments help to improve circulation to the legs and reduces the unsightly appearance of the bulging vein within a few days.
One of the technologies used to perform this procedure is the NeverTouch laser fiber. This fiber is different from other laser technologies because it is made with a gold tip that acts as a buffer between the end of the fiber and the vein walls. This reduces the risk of vein perforation and increases the tip’s visibility for better accuracy. The glass tube at the end of the fiber helps to diffuse energy and reduces bruising and pain.
Endovenous laser treatments are currently available at only a few hundred plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in the United States.