Varicose veins are unattractive and often painful, and most people would like to get rid of them permanently. Laser vein closure in Newport Beach uses laser energy to seal closed the varicose vein so it gradually disappears. Laser treatments are popular because they are straightforward, are minimally-invasive and require no general anesthesia. This may be just the treatment you have been looking for to get rid of your veins for good.
Who is a Candidate for Laser Vein Closure?
If you have varicose veins that you want removed, you may be a candidate for laser treatment. You should have good overall health, not smoke and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of the procedure. The best way to know if you are a good candidate for laser vein closure is to talk to our vein specialist in Newport Beach. There are various ways to remove varicose veins, so if laser treatment is not for you, we can recommend another method.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Laser vein closure is also called endovenous laser ablation because it treats the vein from the inside. It is also suitable for treating varicose veins that are deeper inside your leg.
Local anesthetic injections can be given along the length of the diseased vein to ensure your comfort during and after the treatment. A small laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a catheter. At the end of the fiber, the laser light emits heat energy that coagulates the blood in the vein and damages the vein walls, causing it to collapse and seal shut. Your blood is naturally diverted to one of the many other healthy veins. Any smaller veins connected to the treated vein may also fade. Once the vein is sealed, the body gradually removes the dead tissue, and the vein disappears in just weeks or months depending on its size.
This treatment addresses varicose veins at their source. The laser fiber is inserted directly into the vein as it is guided into the catheter. When it reaches the full length of the diseased vein, the laser is turned on and the catheter is slowly pulled out. The laser heats the vein walls, damaging them so they close and eventually shrink and disappear.
The procedure is done in the comfort of our office. If you have several veins that need treatment, you may need another session. You can go home the same day, and you usually don’t need to have someone drive you home. You may be asked to walk around for a set amount of time after the procedure to help your circulation. It will most likely be necessary to wear compression stockings for a set amount of time after the treatment to keep the pressure on the vein so it remains closed.
Some veins cannot be treated with lasers because they are too twisted for the catheter to be inserted into the end of the vein. For such veins, we offer other procedures that can remove those veins. If another procedure is prescribed, it may be performed at the same time as a laser vein closure treatment to enhance the results. Or we may schedule a subsequent appointment for the treatment. It all depends on the unique case, as we understand that varicose vein treatment is not one-size-fits-all.
How to Prepare for Laser Vein Closure Treatment
To help determine if laser vein closure is a good option for removing your varicose veins, we will ask you some questions about your health and do some tests. We will need to know any prescription medications you are taking, especially if you take a blood thinner. You will be asked to avoid aspirin or ibuprofen in the days before your treatment. You should also mention if you have any allergies to medications or other things. If you smoke, you will be asked to stop smoking for a set amount of time before and after the procedure.
We can conduct an ultrasound test to see the exact location and extent of the damaged veins. For larger veins, we may use ultrasound when inserting the fiber into the vein. This process uses sound waves to create an image on a computer screen of the vein being treated. We may recommend you wear loose-fitting clothing to make it easy for us to have access to the vein. Some people may be asked to change prior to the treatment.
Aftercare at Home
We will give you instructions for caring for your treatment area at home. You may put ice packs on it at first to reduce any swelling that may occur. It is important to walk for a set amount of time multiple times a day in the weeks after the procedure. However, you should not do vigorous exercise until approved by our professional.
The healing process is generally speedy and simple. The most important thing to remember is to follow our team’s aftercare instructions. Once you have fully healed, you can enjoy the results of the procedure for years to come.
The Varicose Veins are Gone for Good!
If you follow the instructions for aftercare carefully, the treated veins will gradually disappear and not return. This doesn’t mean other veins will not become diseased. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, are obese or have heredity for varicose veins, you may develop them again. Some ways to minimize the risk of developing new varicose veins are:
• Do not sit for long periods of time. If you need to sit for your work, get up every hour and walk around for five to 10 minutes. This will keep your blood circulating and not allow it to pool in your veins. It will also keep your muscles strong so they help the veins return the blood up your legs to your heart.
• Do not stand for long periods of time. Some people such as teachers and nurses need to stand for hours at a time for their work. This puts a lot of pressure on the veins in your legs and can make them overwork. When veins overwork, the tiny valves that keep the blood from flowing backward get weak and fail to work, so the blood starts to pool in the vein. The remedy is to sit with your feet raised several times throughout the day to help the vein and muscles push the blood against gravity back to the heart.
• If you are obese or seriously overweight, lose weight. Excess weight makes the heart overwork, which is why it is connected to heart attacks. The veins also overwork to keep the blood flowing because the excess weight puts pressure on the leg veins. Pregnancy can cause the same problem, but it is common for varicose veins that develop during pregnancy to disappear on their own after delivery.
• Heredity is the main cause of varicose veins. If any of your relatives have varicose veins, you may be at risk of developing them, too. You can lower the risk by taking care of the above suggestions and having your veins regularly checked by our specialist in Newport Beach.
Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins
You may think varicose veins are obvious. They are bulging purple ropes up and down your lower legs and ankles. You may be developing varicose veins before they ever show beneath the skin. While they are not a serious health issue at first, they can develop into a serious problem if they are not treated. This is why it’s good to have your veins checked if you have the heredity factor or some of the symptoms. If you feel any of the following, we recommend you have your legs checked so you can treat them early and avoid further complications:
• Darkening of the skin around your ankles, which is sometimes seen as a red band
• Small sores or ulcers on your legs that never seem to heal or go away
• A heavy feeling in your legs when you walk
• Painful cramps in your lower legs, especially at night
• Swelling around the ankles
• Aching in the lower legs
• The sensation of heat or redness on some parts of the legs
If the veins are treated early, they may never develop to the point where they are highly noticeable and unattractive.
Getting Started with Professional Treatment
If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins in Newport Beach, our team at Coastal Vein Care wants to help. Laser vein closure is a minimally-invasive treatment that can remove varicose veins without surgery that requires general anesthesia. In fact, it can also be used to treat perforator veins, the great saphenous vein, the short saphenous vein, any accessory veins and more. Laser treatment is safe and has a high efficiency rate. You are warmly invited to book an appointment at our office in Corona Del Mar, CA to have your veins checked and learn about your options for removing any diseased veins permanently. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get started. We look forward to speaking with you!