My varicose veins are embarrassing me. Can they be effectively treated with laser treatment?

Dr. Samuel Rodriguez answers your questions

Varicose veins are a frequent reason for consultation in aesthetic medicine, especially during the summer. Before determining the most appropriate treatment, the health care professional must identify the source of the circulation problem and the type and size of vessel to be treated. For patients who may have larger or deeper varicose veins, or who have signs or symptoms of venous insufficiency (e.g., heaviness, swelling, or discomfort), a referral to our vascular medicine colleagues will be made to treat the problem first, before addressing the vessels visible through the skin. The treatment plan for varicose veins may combine several methods, such as sclerotherapy and laser treatments.

The vascular laser is particularly indicated to treat unsightly spider veins (telangiectasias) that are thin, superficial, and not fed by a feeder vein. These fine vessels occur mostly in the lower limbs, i.e., thighs, legs, ankles, or feet. Patients often use laser therapy in addition to sclerotherapy to treat veins that do not respond to injections.

The YAG laser is a treatment of choice that we offer at MédIME. The laser emits a light energy that targets and then selectively clogs the blood vessels. The destroyed vessels are then eliminated naturally by the body over a period of a few days to a few weeks. The YAG laser is one of the safest lasers for surrounding tissues and does not compromise skin coloration. A session lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Several treatments may be required.

For more information on the treatment of varicose veins or to make an appointment with one of our medical assistants for a free consultation, contact us at 514-739-7444 or complete our appointment form.