There are chiefly two types of problems that we are talking about here; spider veins and varicose veins.
Laser vein removal refers to the latter condition.
Spider veins have, as the name suggests, the appearance of a spider crawling or a web like structure of red or purplish patterns visible beneath the skin.
Varicose veins are raised structures that appear blue to look at. They are caused by enlarged or swollen blood vessels that occur due to the weakening of the valves or walls of the veins.
It is true that varicose veins and spider veins are unsightly to look at, which is why many consider procedures such as laser vein removal.
However, it is not just the fact of unseemliness; there are other reasons and conditions associated with this as well.
Varicose veins could actually be a reflection of serious problems such as thromboses, which is the incidence of the formation of blood clots, phlebitis, or inflammation of the vein, and venous stasis ulcers, which is ulceration caused by improper drainage of enlarged veins.
Statistics show that one in five women could have varicose veins to differing degrees; however all may not be the candidates for laser vein removal.
It is necessary that one should be in good physical and mental health and be a non smoker to opt for this procedure. If one has the tendency to form keloid scars, one ought not to opt for the procedure.
Also if one has a very severe case of varicose veins, laser therapy may not suffice and other surgical procedures may have to be preferred.
There are several advantages associated with laser vein removal as against other surgical procedures. For one it is minimally invasive, does not require any injections or incisions and for another it does not require a person to be put under general anesthesia.
Also the time taken for the procedure could be as little as 20 minutes or even less if the requirement of the size and affected area is such.
Also there is very little if any recover time required. Those that undergo laser vein removal can resume normal activities pretty much right away.
When performed correctly there is very little chance of complications from the procedure. There may be some amount of bruising in some cases, however this subsides soon.
When laser spider vein removal is done, light is passed through the skin which targets the vein area and not the surrounding tissue. This causes the targeted vein to shrink and consequently disappear. Depending upon requirements, several sessions of laser vein removal may be required.
Laser varicose vein removal is different than spider vein removal because it targets veins that are deeper within the surface of the skin.
A small incision is made for insertion of a tube, through which lasers are conveyed to the area of the varicose veins. The procedure aims to shrink the walls of the vein so that blood does not flow through it and improves the appearance of the area.