To improve the aesthetic appearance of your legs you may be a candidate for cosmetic treatments.

Cosmetic treatment options at Vascular Solutions include cosmetic laser leg vein treatment and cosmetic sclerotherapy.

1. Cosmetic laser leg vein treatment

Cosmetic laser leg vein treatment is a purely cosmetic procedure that uses a hand-held laser device to eliminate small skin surface veins.

How does cosmetic laser leg vein treatment work?

Laser energy passes through the skin and into the vein. The energy is absorbed by the blood, destroying the vessel. The vessel will disappear restoring the skin’s natural appearance.

diagram demonstrating how laser vein removal works

Why choose cosmetic laser leg vein treatment?

  • Excellent outcomes for spider and reticular veins
  • Non-invasive treatment that can improve the appearance of your legs
  • Quick treatment sessions
  • Minimal side effects, and no downtime

What type of cosmetic laser is used at Vascular Solutions?

  • Vascular Solutions uses a state-of-the-art Cynosure ICON device. The 1064 hand-piece is approved for treatment of spider veins (<1mm) and reticular veins (1-3mm).

Cosmetic Laser FAQs:

What types of veins can be treated with cosmetic laser?

  • This procedure is most suitable for spider veins (<1mm) and reticular veins (1-3mm).
  • Larger veins (such as varicose veins, >3mm) will likely require an alternate treatment modality.

When can I expect to see results from cosmetic laser?

  • You can expect moderate improvement in appearance promptly following each treatment. Progressive fading and cosmetic improvement of the treated veins occurs over 4-8 weeks.

How long will each cosmetic laser treatment take?

  • Each treatment session involves 30 minutes of treatment time.

How many cosmetic laser treatments will be required?

  • The number of treatment sessions required for optimal cosmetic outcome varies from person to person. If you have extensive spider veins, you’ll possibly require several (3-4) treatment sessions.
  • If you only have a few scattered spider veins you may get adequate results with single treatment, but repeat treatments are sometimes required for optimal cosmetic improvement.
  • Some patients elect to come back for “touch-up” cosmetic laser treatment of recurrent spider veins on an annual basis.

Will the cosmetic laser procedure hurt?

  • Most people describe little discomfort with the procedure. Some patients describe a slight tingling sensation with each pulse of the laser. Some patients describe the sensation as being similar to the snap of a rubber band.

When can I resume daily activities and exercise after cosmetic laser?

  • Usually, there is little-to-no downtime. You may resume your daily activities immediately after each procedure.
  • We recommend no strenuous exercise for the first week after treatment.

Do I have to wear compression stockings after cosmetic laser treatment?

  • Compression stockings are optional after cosmetic laser treatment. For optimal cosmetic results, we recommend wearing 20-30mmHg compression hose for 3-7 days after each procedure.

Do I need to avoid prolonged sun exposure after cosmetic laser treatment?

  • After laser treatments the skin at the treatment sites is temporarily more sensitive to prolonged sun exposure. We recommend avoiding prolonged sun exposure during the healing process. Sun-baking / sun tanning should be avoided for a few weeks after each treatment. Liberal application of SPF-30 (or higher) sun screen is recommended if sun exposure is anticipated during the first 4-8 weeks after cosmetic laser treatment.

What’s the difference between “cosmetic laser” and “endovenous laser” treatment?

  • Cosmetic laser uses a hand-held device (about the same size and shape as a hair dryer) to deliver short bursts / flashes of laser light energy directly into the skin surface with the intent of vaporizing spider veins.
  • In contradistinction, “endovenous laser” is a completely different type of laser procedure that is not used for cosmetic reasons, but is instead used to treat patients with symptomatic venous reflux. Endovenous laser therapy sometimes goes by the acronym “EVLT”. Somewhat confusingly endovenous laser is also sometimes referred to as “EVLA”, which stands for endovenous laser ablation. Endovenous laser procedures involve inserting a long flexible laser catheter inside the target vein.

How much does cosmetic laser treatment cost?

  • We currently charge $450 per 30-minute treatment session. We occasionally have promotional specials (call, or contact us by web-form below, for details).

2. Cosmetic sclerotherapy

Cosmetic sclerotherapy involves injection of medicine into skin surface veins which causes the veins to contract and fade over time. This improves the cosmetic appearance of the treated area.

The medicine that is injected is called “sclerosant”. The commonly used sclerosants used for cosmetic sclerotherapy treatment of spider veins at Vascular Solutions are Aslcera and Sotradecol.

To minimize discomfort, and to allow treatment of tiny veins, the needle used for cosmetic sclerotherapy is tiny (similar in size to an acupuncture needle).

Cosmetic sclerotherapy is ideally suited for treating spider veins (<1mm diameter) and small “reticular” veins  (1-3mm diameter).

Cosmetic Sclerotherapy FAQs:

What types of veins can be treated with cosmetic sclerotherapy?

  • Cosmetic sclerotherapy is most suitable for spider veins (<1mm) and reticular veins (1-3mm).
  • Larger veins (varicose veins >3mm diameter) will likely require an alternate treatment modality.

When can I expect to see results from cosmetic sclerotherapy?

  • For the first 1-2 weeks the treated veins tend to appear mildly inflamed (red, slightly irritated appearance)
  • Improvement in cosmetic appearance typically starts 1-2 weeks following each treatment.
  • Progressive fading and cosmetic improvement of the treated veins occurs over 4-8 weeks.

How long will each cosmetic sclerotherapy treatment take?

  • Each treatment session involves 30 minutes of treatment time.

How many cosmetic sclerotherapy treatments will be required?

  • The number of treatment sessions required for optimal cosmetic outcome varies from person to person. If you have extensive spider veins, you’ll possibly require several (3-4) treatment sessions.
  • If you only have a few scattered spider veins you may get adequate results with single treatment, but repeat treatments are sometimes required for optimal cosmetic improvement.
  • Some patients elect to come back for “touch-up” cosmetic sclerotherapy of recurrent spider veins on an annual basis.

Will the cosmetic sclerotherapy procedure hurt?

  • Most people describe little discomfort with the procedure, and there is no requirement for anesthesia. Some people describe intermittent pinch-like sensations as the needle is inserted.

When can I resume daily activities & exercise after cosmetic sclerotherapy?

  • We recommend light activity (no strenuous exercise) for 7 days after each cosmetic sclerotherapy procedure.
  • You may resume light daily activity and work duties immediately after each cosmetic sclerotherapy procedure.

Do I have to wear compression stockings after cosmetic sclerotherapy?

  • For optimal cosmetic results, we recommend wearing 20-30mmHg compression hose for 3-7 days after each cosmetic sclerotherapy procedure.

This all seems like a lot of information… How do I choose?

  • Prior to any cosmetic procedure we perform a brief, no-charge, cosmetic consultation (5 mins), to make sure that your veins are appropriate for cosmetic treatment, and provide guidance on the best modality (cosmetic sclerotherapy vs. cosmetic laser).

How much does cosmetic sclerotherapy treatment cost?

  • We currently charge $450 per 30-minute treatment session. We occasionally have promotional specials (call, or contact us by web-form below, for details).

Schedule your cosmetic consultation today!

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