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The Vascular Laser Clinic treats both men and women with symptomatic varicose veins (veins that have swollen or twisted due to an abnormal collection of blood in the vessel), utilising a highly successful, but minimally invasive ultrasound laser-guided technique, called endovenous laser treatment.
During this quick, 30 minute procedure under local anaesthetic, an optical fibre is inserted into the vein. A laser light is shone into it and cauterises it. This causes the vein to contract and slowly disappear as the optical fibre is withdrawn. Within an hour the patient is up and about, and the results are fantastic.
What causes varicose veins?
While a family history of varicose veins and aging increase the tendency to develop varicose veins, other factors include:
- Lack of exercise
- Weight gain
- Prolonged periods of standing
What are the symptoms?
Varicose veins do not always manifest themselves in physical pain or discomfort, and most people can live without having them being treated. However, due to aesthetic appeal and cosmetic concerns many opt to have them removed.
Some common symptoms of varicose veins include:
More serious symptoms involve:
- Leg swelling
- Swelling and calf pain after sitting or standing for extended periods of time
- Skin vicissitudes, such as:
- Colour changes
- Dry, thinned skin
- Blockages in the deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis
Different types of varicose veins.
What can you do to prevent varicose veins from getting worse?
While you may not always be able to prevent varicose veins from forming, you can prevent them from exacerbating:
- Lose weight
- Elevate your legs when resting
- Don’t cross them when sitting
- Wear loose clothing
- Avoid standing for lengthy periods
Before and After Treatment Examples
The Benefits of Vascular Laser Therapy
- Minimal invasive treatment
- Short treatment time
- Local anaesthesia is sufficient
- No side effects
- Excellent medical and aesthetic results
- Rapid return to normal activities
- No allergic reaction