Enlarged veins and small capillaries on the legs are a very common cosmetic problem, affecting about 50% of people aged 50 and over. More common in women, they often arise during or after pregnancy and are more common in people who spend a lot of time standing.
Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They may be raised above the skin surface and may be associated with some aching.
Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that are easily visible through the skin, they typically have a red (telangiectasia ) or bluish (venules) colour and occur on the legs and face. Unfortunately these veins are often unsightly and attempting to conceal them with clothing or cosmetics are not always successful, in many cases people change their lifestyle to avoid exposing their legs.
Varicose and spider veins are more common in women, and often arise during or after pregnancy. They are also more common in people who spend a lot of time standing.
The Cynergy Pulsed Dye and YAG Laser works by targeting these vessels and causing them to shrink over a period of 4 – 6 weeks after treatment. The use of a special cooling tip on the handpiece minimises any discomfort and also helps to protect the skin. It is most effective when vessels are 1 to 1.5 mm in diameter. Multiple treatments will generally be required before end results are achieved. Treatment is quick and a large number of veins can be treated in a session of between 15 and 60 minutes. Immediately afterwards the area becomes red with some minor swelling.
Sclerotherapy involves a series of tiny injections of a solution (fibrosing agent – aethoxysklerol or polydocanol) designed to irritate and then close off the offending vessels. The veins turn white whilst the solution is being injected and then appear red and swollen several minutes after as the solution irritates the vessel wall. This is repeated until all the troublesome veins have been injected.
Most leg veins require multiple treatments but it is important to understand that complete disappearance of all vessels is rare.
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