Laser Vein Removal
Laser Vein Removal Oklahoma City
It is estimated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that nearly 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men in the United States suffer from a vein disorder. Conditions such as spider veins and varicose veins are not only painful, but can cause sufferers to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Still, some patients prefer not to undergo surgery to have these disorders corrected. Laser vein removal, offered at Dr. Paul Silverstein's Oklahoma City practice, is an appealing alternative for many of these patients. This therapy is an effective, relatively pain-free way to eliminate the physical and emotional discomfort associated with vein disorders. If you suffer from spider or varicose veins and are interesting in learning more about laser vein removal, contact our practice to schedule a consultation.
What Are Vein Disorders?
When veins become weak or damaged, it can lead to a build-up of blood in the affected area. Over time, this pooled blood becomes apparent near the surface of the skin, resulting in the appearance of spider and varicose veins. These veins are often enlarged and discolored, and can cause patients to experience discomfort and lose confidence in their appearance. While spider and varicose veins are most often associated with appearing on the legs, they can also be present on the face and other areas of the body. Although some of these disorders require invasive, surgical treatment, many can actually be resolved with laser vein removal.
Before Laser Vein Removal
The severity of varicose and spider vein disorders varies greatly from patient to patient, so the initial consultation with Dr. Silverstein is an important part of laser vein removal. During that appointment, Dr. Silverstein will discuss the procedure and expected results. The best candidates for laser vein removal are individuals who are in good general health, are not especially prone to scarring, and do not have significant skin pigmentation issues, as these can be exacerbated by use of a laser.
During Laser Vein Removal
During laser vein removal at his Oklahoma City practice, Dr. Silverstein targets the excess blood in the vein using a high-energy laser on the surface of the skin. This laser quickly and effectively heats the area, causing the vein to shrink, and ultimately disappear. When treating varicose veins, which are larger than spider veins, Dr. Silverstein uses what is known as endovenous laser treatment. After making a small incision, he uses a probe to heat the inside of the vein. This will causes the vein to close and blood to be passed on to other, healthy veins. A laser treatment session can typically be performed in less than one hour. However, the number of sessions required will vary based on the size and prevalence of affected veins.
After Laser Vein Removal
Patients who undergo laser vein removal can expect a significant decrease in the appearance or total elimination of varicose and spider veins. These changes will become evident in the days and weeks following treatment. Because laser vein removal is a non-invasive therapy, it does not require significant recovery time, and most patients can resume their routine immediately. While some bruising or swelling may occur immediately following laser treatment, this typically subsides within a few days. Ultimately, patients are satisfied with the treatment and are able to feel more confident about their appearance.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Varicose and spider veins can negatively impact a patient's life in a number of ways. With advances in laser therapy, Dr. Silverstein is able to treat these disorders in a safe, fast, and comfortable way. If you are interested in learning more about laser vein removal, contact our Oklahoma City practice to schedule an appointment.