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Comprehensive Guide to Laser Treatment and Prevention of Varicose Veins

Learn all about the main treatments for varicose veins, laser and prevention, and clear up any doubts you have.

Achieving a pleasant appearance is priceless; it boosts self-esteem, emphasizes our best features, and leads to greater life satisfaction – undoubtedly something that impacts the quality of life. However, to look and feel our best, it’s essential to take care of our bodies.

Sufferers of varicose veins should consider laser treatments to solve the issue. These treatments employ advanced methods and technologies to:

  • Use non-invasive methods to treat small varicose veins
  • Improve skin texture in the treated area
  • Restore the patient’s self-respect and confidence.

Laser treatments for varicose veins can be safely administered to people of all ages to yield patient-satisfying results that meet the patient’s expectations, but without altering their natural characteristics.

Laser varicose veins treatments offer fast, effective solutions for varicose and microvaricose vein removal. No cuts or injections are required, and recovery time is quick, making these treatments popular among medical clinics and offices worldwide.

Learn all about varicose veins, the benefits of laser treatment, when it is necessary, and the different types available. Discover more now.

Dr. Szerman explains laser varicose veins treatment in three minutes.

What Are Varicose Veins?

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Varicose veins are dilated, twisted, purple-blue veins that commonly arise in the legs and can cause discomfort and inflammation. To accurately diagnosis if you have them, it is necessary to seek medical advice.

People who must stand for extended periods of time are more likely to suffer from varicose veins.

The veins in the legs return blood from the lower limbs to the heart. These veins have valves which hold back blood, preventing it from flowing back to the feet due to gravity.

When these valves don’t work properly, blood accumulates in the veins resulting in swelling, deformity, and changes in skin sensitivity.

Women typically experience an increased severity of symptoms during menstruation and pregnancy.

Severe episodes may be caused by the dilatation of both deep and shallow veins.

In cases of venous insufficiency, edema, leg ulcers, and skin discoloration can occur.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are caused by:

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Prolonged standing
  • Overworking of the area
  • Genetic predisposition

People who lead a sedentary lifestyle or adopt certain habits are more prone to developing varicose veins and spider veins. Additionally, a predisposition to varicose veins can be inherited genetically.

Overworking certain parts of body part can cause varicose veins, such as when standing for prolonged periods of time.

Pregnant women are at risk of developing varicose veins due to impaired venous return caused by increased pressure from the baby’s development in the womb. This affects certain pelvic veins, leading to varicose veins.

Can Weight Training Cause Varicose Veins?

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Weight training is sometimes perceived as a potential cause of varicose veins, but according to an article in Ef de Esportes, it has no negative effect on the development of these veins in the lower body.

Weight training does not cause varicose or spider veins, and thus is a safe practice that can be continued without risk.

What Is the Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins both occur due to poor circulation. Varicose veins are much larger – measuring over 3 millimeters in diameter, whereas spider veins are smaller, approximately 1–2 millimeters in width.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels that are visible through the superficial layers of the skin, according to the Brazilian Society of Dermatology. They may be an indication of varicose veins, so it’s important to pay attention to them.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins? 

To help prevent varicose veins, consider the causes. Wearing elastic stockings, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting or standing, is recommended. However, first, consult a Phlebologist or vascular surgeon for a personalized assessment on the cause of your varicose veins.

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Do Compression Stockings Help Reduce the Visibility of Varicose Veins?

Compression stockings are beneficial for individuals who suffer from circulatory issues, such as those who are prone to prolonged sitting or standing.

Elastic stockings improve venous return and prevent the development of varicose veins.

Elastic or compression stockings are preventative rather than curative for varicose veins. They are particularly useful for those who stand or sit for prolonged periods.

Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins

See a Phlebologist first for recommendations on elastic stockings. Your doctor can then explain the cause of your varicose veins with greater precision.

Stockings specifically designed for varicose veins can be beneficial for people with poor venous return. These can be useful for those who are standing or sitting for long periods of time, as they help promote circulation.

What Are the Benefits of Wearing Them?

People who don’t use their calf muscles (triceps suralis) are at risk of impaired blood return to the heart, as these muscles are responsible for pushing the blood upwards.

People who stand or sit for extended periods put their calf muscles to minimal use and impede blood circulation in their lower limbs. This is the mechanism by which varicose or spider veins may form in the legs.

Lifestyle habits

Habits that improve blood circulation and venous return include:

  • Physical activity
  • Weight control 

 Risk factors for varicose veins include:

  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Sedentarism

To identify the cause of spider veins and varicose veins, it is essential to see a doctor.

Eating a healthy diet is key to preventing varicose veins, especially for those who are at risk.

To prevent circulation issues, be aware of your posture if you sit or stand for long periods of time. Listen to your body and follow any medical advice given.

How to Get Rid of Small Varicoce Veins?

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The Nd YAG 1064 nm Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins is a safe and effective way to address the condition. It is a preferred alternative to the needle sclerotherapy, a medical procedure in which a needle is used to inject a liquid or foam medication into a vein, causing it to close off and disappear. This method is known to be more painful and outdated.

Laser treatment is a quick, safe and effective way to get rid of spider veins and varicose veins. The ND YAG laser sends very strong bursts of light through the skin onto the vein. Heat drawn to hemoglobin (the molecule that gives blood its color) destroys dilated vessels in veins. This makes the vein slowly fade and disappear.

During laser treatment for varicose veins, the treated blood vessels are metabolized by the patient, and their size decreases over time.

The ND YAG Laser is an internationally renowned procedure for treating varicose veins, approved by both ANVISA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How Does Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Work?

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Laser treatment is the modern, fast, safe, and effective option for treating varicose veins. It is replacing the traditional needle sclerotherapy.

We use the Harmony platform and/or Nd:YAG laser technology integrated into the IPL Quantum® system, which is recognized and approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (F.D.A).

Lasers cause internal heating of undesired vessels, blocking and eventually eliminating them.

How to Decide Which Treatment Is Best For you? 

Researching and comparing treatments is the first step in finding the best solution for your varicose veins. With numerous treatments and laser options available, it can be overwhelming to make a decision.  Always prioritize safety and efficiency.

The Harmony Laser is highly effective for treating varicose veins; however, it’s important to compare the treatment options available. To make the best choice, familiarize yourself with the different lasers and treatments on the market.

When selecting a clinic for a laser treatment, such as for varicose veins, be sure to research the doctor’s credentials. Clínica de Pele in Rio de Janeiro specializes in laser treatments and all the doctors are members of the Brazilian Laser Society. Doing so ensures a safe and successful procedure.

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How Much Is Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins?

The cost of varicose vein laser treatment is determined by the size of the treated area. A precise price will be provided following a medical consultation.

How Many Laser Treatments Are Required for Varicose Veins?

Laser treatment of varicose veins generally takes 5-8 sessions, though this can vary depending on skin tone, vessel characteristics, and size of the treatment area. To learn more, contact us on WhatsApp.

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Testimonials of Patients Who Have Undergone Varicose Veins Laser Treatment

Hear from real patients at the Clínica de Pele about their experience with our varicose vein treatments. Learn what they have to say!

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Results of Varicose Vein Laser Treatment Before and After Treatment

At our dermatology clinic in Rio de Janeiro, patients can assess the effectiveness of varicose vein treatments through before and after procedures.

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FAQ

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Laser treatments can be performed on any area of the face or body, except on black, tanned skin, or large veins. If you have any further questions, please contact us through WhatsApp.

Does Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Cause Pain?

The Clinica de Pele’s treatments are well-tolerated by patients. To maximize comfort, the clinic uses the Freddo skin cooling device, which releases a jet of air at -22 ˚F (-30 ˚C). Doctors may also prescribe an anesthetic cream to be used an hour prior. Generally, patients only feel mild warmth at the treatment site.

What Results Can I Expect With Varicose Vein Laser Treatment?

Most veins visibly diminish during treatment, and this effect typically persists post-treatment. Results vary on an individual basis.

Those suffering from leg pain and fatigue may benefit from varicose vein laser therapy, though a consultation with a phlebologist is advisable.

How Should You Prepare for Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins?

To ensure best results from treatment, the patient should limit sun exposure and use sunscreen on the treated area. We may also prescribe a skin lightening cream to improve laser efficiency.

What Does the Skin Look Like Right After the Procedure?

After laser treatment the skin may appear red and feel slightly burned, though this usually dissipates quickly. Bruises and scabs may occur, though this is rare.

How Can I Determine the Most Effective Treatment for My Case?

Research prior to procedures is essential to achieve the best result. Comparing and understanding the differences between treatments is the safest way to ensure desired outcomes.

To ensure safety and achieve optimal results during treatment, it’s important to understand the differences between laser types and brands. Making the right choices is crucial for your safety.

For safe treatment, only board-certified medical professionals specializing in aesthetic medicine and/or members of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology and/or Laser should be consulted.

Treatment Statistics

Brazilian Society of Phlebology and Vascular Surgery studies reveal an average prevalence of varicose veins in the general Brazilian population of 38%. This condition affects 30% of men and 45% of women. Prevalence increases with age, with 70% of people over 70 experiencing varicose veins.

The main risk factors are: family predisposition, female gender (with up to three times the prevalence than males), age (the older, the higher the prevalence), obesity and number of pregnancies.

Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins in Rio De Janeiro

Ensure you choose a laser that is certified by the FDA and ANVISA for your treatment. Additionally, consider your doctor’s clinical experience when making the decision. Remember, your doctor has the responsibility to use the laser safely and effectively.

To ensure the best possible outcome from varicose vein treatment, patients should utilize cutting-edge technology like the HarmonyXL Nd:Yag Laser.

The doctor must provide personalized care and evaluate the patient for a successful Laser treatment result. They must explain their strategy to the patient.

At Clínica de Pele, we recognize the positive impact laser treatment for varicose veins can have on a patient’s life. Many people shy away from clothing such as shorts, bikinis, and short dresses due to noticeable varicose veins or spider veins.

At Clínica de Pele Dr. Szerman in Rio de Janeiro, our doctors are pleased to offer laser treatment for varicose veins. Our care helps boost our patients’ self-esteem and quality of life. Get in touch to learn more about this treatment.

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