Thirty percent of women and 10% of men experience varicose veins at some point in their lives. Varicose veins can develop anywhere, but they usually appear in the legs and feet and can be embarrassing. Bulging, twisted, and enlarged veins visible just below the surface of your skin can make you want to stop wearing shorts, dresses, or sandals.
Instead of hiding behind your varicose veins, it’s time to learn about your treatment options. At her practice in Columbia, Maryland, Melanie Adams, MD, PA offers the latest in laser vein treatment for both women and men. Laser vein treatment is completely non-invasive and has the power to improve the look and of unsightly varicose veins.
Your body is filled with veins that deliver blood from your your muscles and organs to your lungs and back to your heart. Valves regulate the blood flow so it only moves in one direction. If the valves become damaged, blood can flow back and pool, leading to visibly dark and enlarged veins just beneath the surface of your skin. While they don’t necessarily pose a health risk, these veins can be unsightly and embarrassing.
Any superficial veins can become varicose veins, but the condition typically develops in your legs or feet. Over time, the pressure from walking and standing can cause the valves to weaken, the blood to pool, and the veins to become enlarged. In some cases, skin discoloration around the varicose vein can occur.
Pain associated with varicose veins can range from a heavy feeling in your legs to a throbbing sensation. Some patients experience increased pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time.
A milder form of varicose veins, spider veins, can also develop. Spider veins are typically smaller than varicose veins, but they can also be a cosmetic concern. Laser vein treatment is often recommended for patients with spider veins as well as for those with varicose veins.
Laser vein treatment is a great option for many patients who are concerned about the appearance of their varicose veins. When you come to Dr. Adams for vein care, she begins with an exam and reviews your medical history. Laser treatment often works best for superficial veins that have become enlarged or twisted, and Dr. Adams can help you determine if laser treatment is right for your situation.
Laser vein treatment works by focusing energy on the damaged veins. The energy heats up the targeted vein and damages it, causing it to shut down; your body redirects blood flow to other veins to compensate. Over time, the closed vein will be absorbed by your body, and visible symptoms will vanish. Laser vein treatment can also be an effective option for patients suffering from pain associated with their varicose veins
Depending on the severity and location of your varicose veins, Dr. Adams will recommend a specific treatment plan for you. Most patients have the best results with a series of sessions, spaced six to 12 weeks apart. Each session is non-invasive, and you won’t experience any down time following treatment.
If your varicose veins have you feeling embarrassed and less than your best, schedule an appointment with Dr. Adams today. Non-invasive laser treatment addresses unsightly varicose veins and gives you legs you can’t wait to show off. Contact our office today for more information.