Laser Vein Treatments (Thousand Oaks)
Laser vein treatment is a procedure used to reduce and eliminate the appearance of unsightly spider veins and small vascular lesions from the face and body. It works best for small spider veins and vascular lesions, but also works for moderate-sized blue leg veins (3mm and under).
Who is a good candidate?
The ideal candidates are women and men with fair complexions who want to reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins and small vessels.
Who is not a good candidate?
People with very dark or black skin are not good candidates due to a high risk of permanent pigment abnormalities. Anyone who has taken isotretinoin (Accutane¨) must wait a minimum of 12 months before undergoing vein treatment due to the severe risk of scarring. Patients who have a history of cold sores (oral herpes simplex infection) must take prophylactic anti-herpes medication (such as acyclovir) before undergoing laser vascular treatment.
How does laser vein treatment work?
Laser vein treatment uses a laser to target veins beneath the surface of the skin. After heating, the vessel walls collapse and seal shut. The sealed vein is then broken down and absorbed by the body. While it is not guaranteed to treat every vessel, a majority of patients experience significant improvement several weeks after treatment.
Which types of vein treatments do you offer at the Kryger Institute?
There are various lasers used in vein treatments. At the Kryger Institute, a Long Pulsed Yag laser is used for vascular treatments. We also offer endovascular treatments for larger varicose veins. Making an appointment to see if you’re a candidate for either treatment is recommended.
Is laser vein treatment performed in the office?
Yes, laser vascular treatment is performed in the office, and you can return to work the same day.
How painful is laser vein treatment?
The procedure is usually described as feeling like a rubber band being snapped on the skin. A topical numbing ointment may be applied prior to the procedure to minimize any discomfort.
How long does it take to work and how long does it last?
The vessels are damaged during treatment, and it may take up to 8-12 weeks for the vessels to be absorbed by the body. Those vessels that respond to laser treatment will be permanently reduced or eliminated. However, laser vein treatment cannot prevent the occurrence of new vessels forming.
What do I have to do after the laser vein treatment?
It is important to avoid sunlight to the treatment area for at least 8 weeks after treatment. Keep the treatment areas covered with SPF30+ or clothing. Compression hose (20-30psi) should be worn continuously for 3-5 days. Exercise and hot showers or baths should be avoided for five days after treatment. Also, you should avoid any blood thinners (Aspirin, Alcohol) for five days after treatment.
What if I have a problem? When should I call the office?
The Kryger Institute welcomes calls from patients. If you have any concerns at any time, please feel free to call our office. If it is an emergency, the answering service is available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. There is always a plastic surgeon on call. Your surgeon will discuss all the risks and potential complications with you before surgery. You will receive detailed instructions about situations that warrant a call to the office.