GentleYag® Laser Vein Removal

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 | 2 comments

If you are in your early 30’s, and you are already suffering from either varicose veins or spider veins – you are not alone!  50 to 55 percent of women suffer from some type of vein problem, and so does 40 percent of men, believe it or not.   Women are just more susceptible because of the type of work we do, and the shoes we wear.  Constant standing using high heels make us more prone to either having varicose or spider veins.  Other contributing factor may include ageing, obesity, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle, exposure to the sun and genetic predisposition. Luckily, in this time and age, there are available treatments to lessen the discomfort that varicose veins and spider veins are causing.  Sclerotherapy is still the gold standard for varicose vein removal.  It takes technical skill to perform this procedure with a board certified dermatologist.  For smaller spider veins, GentleYag Pro (In the GentleMax Pro Platform) is the best treatment, which is now available at Skin House Beauty and Laser Clinic.   Our Syneron Candela GentleYAG (part of the GentleMax Platform) 1064nm Laser is most effective treating small to medium size superficial veins. Areas most often treated are the face and lower body. Most people need between 1-3 laser vein treatments for optimal treatment for spider veins. Cherry Angiomas usually respond after 1 treatment, but occasionally need a retreatment for larger, more raised lesions. Before deciding, here are some frequently ask questions regarding the causes, and treatments available for better understanding of varicose veins and spider veins in general.   What are spider veins? Spider veins are small, twisted blood vessels that are closer to the surface of the skin that varicose veins.  They may be red, purple, or blue and can be found on the legs and face, and can be seen either in a very small or very large area of the skin.  They can look like tree branches or spiderweb patterns, thus, the name “spider veins”.   What causes spider/varicose veins? Healthy veins carry blood with oxygen and nutrients from our legs, arms, and other parts of our body back to our heart through a series of one-way valves. These valves allow blood to flow in the correct way from superficial veins to deeper veins and back to the heart. The vessels are surrounded by muscles, which contract and help pump blood back to the heart. Normally the veins have a one-way valve to prevent backflow. As our body ages, the valves in our veins weaken, and blood can collect/pool inside the veins.  As blood collects within the vein, pressure builds and vessel wall weakens.  Consequently, the vein tends to bulge and twist, or cause our veins to enlarge and become more visible. This is especially true of veins in the legs and ankles, which have to work against gravity to carry blood up to the heart.   Can varicose vein or spider vein cause serious complications? Varicose vein can be an eyesore, but they rarely pose a serious health threat. Rarely, they may cause ulcers (large sores in the skin) especially near the ankles. Varicose...

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