Receiving a laser treatment is one of the best ways to fix your skin. At Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY, we can help you get rid of unwanted veins using AEROLASE® or the Alma® Harmony AFT. Unsightly veins can be removed with laser vein removal quickly and easily.
How Long Does It Take To See Results From Laser Vein Removal?
The exact time frame is a little different for each person. It depends on your response to the laser and on how large your veins are. It may also take a bit longer to see results depending on how many veins you have treated at once.
You can have your veins treated every few weeks, and after each session, your results will gradually develop. Once a targeted vein is hit with the laser, it slowly deteriorates over 10 days to two weeks. You’ll be able to see it fading and disappearing.
Come talk to us in person about your veins. We’ll be able to give you a more precise timeline once we see your veins.
Advantages of Laser Vein Removal
The benefits of treating your unsightly veins with lasers are numerous. A major benefit of the treatment is that no skin is broken, no surgery is needed, and there are no lengthy preparation or recovery periods. The procedure takes only a few minutes to complete.
It is also an excellent method for removing veins because it is painless, requires no general anesthesia, and allows you to get back to the things you enjoy right away. By treating your veins, you will be able to achieve a more youthful appearance as the veins will disappear completely. Lasers are an effective way to treat spider veins as well as large blue veins throughout the body.
What Are Spider Veins?
A spider vein appears as a small area of discoloration that resembles a web. It is most common to see them on the lower legs, but they can also show up anywhere. Usually these veins are blue or purplish, though they are sometimes red in color.
Veins such as these tend not to hurt or cause discomfort, but they may cause you to feel embarrassed or self-conscious. Many people hide spider veins from view in order to avoid social isolation. It’s not uncommon for unsightly veins to stop a person from taking part in enjoyable activities, like swimming.
Finally, while the majority of spider veins are harmless, they can indicate that you are at greater risk of developing varicose veins. Treating the spider veins quickly could prevent them from worsening.
Why These Veins Develop
Your veins contain valves that direct blood to your heart. If your veins are healthy, your blood will flow in the right direction. If your veins are damaged or weak, they will have difficulty moving your blood toward the heart. The natural aging process and life itself can weaken these valves. However, there are also other factors involved.
You will notice that damaged veins become blue, red, or purple as blood accumulates in them. Besides showing up on your legs, damaged veins can also appear on your face and anywhere else on your body.
Risk Factors for Developing Veins
It is more common for women to have weakened blood vessels than for men, and the cause is not yet understood. Scientists speculate that hormones may play a role, but that’s only a theory. Moreover, women who have experienced certain life events are more likely to experience these issues than other women.
Hormonal changes can negatively impact the veins during pregnancy, for example. Your body also holds more blood while pregnant. As a result, your leg veins grow in size, adding to the burden on your vascular system. You may also be more likely to develop vein problems if you take birth control pills.
The health of your veins is largely determined by your genes. If your relatives have weak veins, you are more likely to have the same problem, though this is not an absolute certainty, nor is it a given that you will develop vein issues at the same time.
If a mother develops vein problems at a young age, her two daughters are likely to experience similar problems at an early age; however, if one daughter has children and the other does not, the childless daughter may not experience the same vein problems or may not experience them until later.
The risk of developing weak veins increases with age. Vascular valves wear out as veins get older. Degraded valves make it more difficult for the blood to flow in the right direction, resulting in blood pooling in the veins.
Lifestyle choices can have a negative impact on your veins. You may experience blood flow problems after standing or sitting for an extended amount of time. Your veins are healthier the more you walk, because the human body was designed to walk.
Those who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or standing still are more likely to develop damaged blood vessels. Additionally, smoking cigarettes puts extra strain on your circulatory system, increasing your risk for vein problems.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Vein Removal?
The first step is to discuss your treatment goals with us. By reviewing your medical history and condition, we can determine if laser vein removal is the best course of action. A different treatment may be more effective if you have knotty and twisted varicose veins.
If you are in decent health, do not smoke, have realistic expectations, do not have a tendency to form keloid scars, and are not unusually sensitive to light, you are generally a good candidate.
How Should I Care for Myself After Treatment?
There is not much you need to do after this procedure as it is not invasive. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you will lower your blood pressure and protect your skin, and your body will be able to flush out old, unneeded veins and replace them with healthy ones.
It is also important to note that these behaviors will help you prevent vein issues in the future. In light of the fact that vein problems are largely genetic, gender, and age-related, it’s impossible to guarantee that any lifestyle changes you make will prevent you from developing spider veins. However, you can help your body recover after laser vein removal, and prevent veins in the future, by avoiding or doing certain things:
Avoid Certain Activities
Following your treatment, be careful not to expose yourself to too much heat. Keep away from steamy baths, saunas, and hot tubs. We can help you determine when it’s right to get back in them.
Control Your Blood Pressure
You’re overestimating the danger of salt if you’re eating a healthy, natural diet. The amount of salt you can sprinkle on your food and still find it palatable is usually insufficient to cause harm. The situation is entirely different if you consume a lot of processed foods. Make your meals from fresh, whole foods instead of processed food, which is very high in sodium.
Consuming coffee or tea can temporarily elevate blood pressure due to the caffeine these drinks contain. The effectiveness of caffeine in elevating your blood pressure depends on a variety of factors, including your own caffeine tolerance, weight, and whether or not you drink it on an empty stomach. Try reducing your caffeine intake temporarily if your blood pressure is having issues.
If you have treated spider veins in your legs or abdomen, you should avoid activities that will put pressure on your stomach for 48 to 72 hours after your treatment. This category includes cardio exercises like jogging, spinning, swimming, and rowing, as well as calisthenic exercises like squats and push-ups.
Exercise will be beneficial to you while you recover, however. Walking for 30 minutes a day at a moderate pace is recommended. You should continue walking after vein treatment for two weeks, and even after going back to more vigorous exercise.
Take Care of Your Skin
If you have received a laser treatment, take precautions. Take care of your skin! Try to avoid the sun whenever possible, and if you can’t, apply sunscreen to the affected area. Repeat this application every four hours. After your treatment, you should wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 55 for two to three weeks.
Look Into Laser Vein Removal for Yourself
If you are feeling self-conscious about the unsightly veins on your body, we can help. For smooth, even skin, contact us at Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY today.