Visible, unsightly spider veins and varicose veins can be a cause of self-consciousness and embarrassment among people who have them. These veins can appear in the face, arms, and legs, and may limit your ability to wear clothes such as shorts or sleeveless shirts due to unwillingness to expose your veins.
Spider veins are those small, twisty veins that branch off of main veins, while varicose veins are large, protruding veins found most often in the legs. Both types are highly visible and unnecessary to the body’s functioning. Spider and varicose veins often appear after pregnancy in women, and can also be associated with obesity and professions that require a lot of standing, such as teachers or nurses. These veins can appear in both men and women.
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V-beam and Excel V Laser Treatment
V-beam and Excel V lasers are state-of-the-art technology that can treat spider and varicose veins in the face and the legs in the right candidate. V-beam laser is a pulsed-dye laser that work by delivering pulses of yellow light that are then absorbed by the veins. The blood becomes coagulated and absorbed by the body, which can leave behind smoother, vein-free skin!
At the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC, Dr. Melda Isaac offers the Excel V laser, which uses a high-power green laser to precisely and effectively treat spider and varicose veins in Washington, DC. The Excel V laser has a long 1064 wavelength option that can be used to treat large purple leg veins as well as peri-orbital blue veins and deeper vascular structures.
Both lasers are manufactured to deliver effective, comfortable treatments. The Excel V laser has a built-in cooling system in the hand piece, which allows for a virtually painless experience. As the laser targets your veins, the V-beam’s advanced design cools the skin before, during, and after each laser light pulse, creating a more comfortable experience for most patients. Multiple sessions may be required for the best results, depending on how large and visible the veins to be treated are.
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Side Effects and Recovery Time
V-beam and Excel V laser treatments are generally safe and effective, with minimal to no side effects and downtime. Some people may experience slight redness or swelling in the area which was treated, but this should disappear quickly. Sometimes bruising may occur, which should disappear within one to two weeks. Patients should be able to resume their everyday activities immediately following a V-beam or Excel V laser treatment; however, it’s important to avoid sun exposure as well as heat such as that from a bath, as these can delay the healing process and cause discomfort. Compression garments do not need to be worn following a V-beam treatment for spider or varicose veins.
To learn more about spider vein treatment, visit WebMD.com.
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If you have spider or varicose veins that you would like to try to get rid of, contact Dr. Isaac at the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC for further information about how a V-beam laser treatment can help! To make your appointment today, call (202) 817-2249!
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