SKIN Specialists Leg Vein Therapy utilizes a combination of treatments as needed to treat leg veins. Sclerotherapy is the standard of care when treating reticular veins and telangiectasia, called spider veins, of the legs. A very small needle is inserted into the blood vessel where a small amount of a sclerosing agent is gently injected. This causes inflammation within the lining of the blood vessel, which causes the vessel to shrink down, close and gradually disappear. This process may take from a few weeks to several months. In addition to sclerotherapy, an Nd-YAG 1064nm laser may be used for medium sized reticular vessels that are too small, deep or twisted to inject. A small spot of laser light travels through the skin and is absorbed by the blood within the vein. The resulting heat coagulates or clots the blood and destroys the function of the vein without affecting surrounding tissue. Over time, the vein is absorbed by the body and disappears. Finally, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used for smaller superficial blood vessels, also known as matting. As with the laser, IPL uses precise pulses of light energy that are absorbed by the blood vessel, heating it to the point where it is destroyed. Following treatment, the vessel slowly clears and is re-absorbed by the body.
LASER AND IPL THERAPY