Varicose Vein Treatment
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) uses a minimally invasive endovenous laser for significant varicose veins offering immediate relief with minimal-to-no scarring. EVLT is an outpatient procedure and requires no general anesthesia and offers minimal risk and shorter recovery time. This varicose vein treatment can take between 45 to 90 minutes to perform and patients have been known to return to work the same day.
Varicose Vein Laser Treatment
The varicose vein treatment uses laser energy to damage the vein walls, shrinking and thus closing the damaged vein's blood supply. The resultant improvement in limb circulation will in effect cause improvement of the symptoms of fatigue and heaviness in the leg.
Benefits of EVLT include lower risk of complication; shorter recovery period, lower costs and less scarring compared to surgical vein treatment.
What type of laser is used for varicose vein treatments?
At Belmont Plastic Surgery, we currently use two different medical lasers for vein treatment: the ND:YAG laser and the Lumenis laser. Both of these devices are highly effective for treating varicose veins.
Who can benefit from laser varicose vein treatment?
If you are bothered by spider veins, varicose veins, vascular lesions, or venous reflux disease, you may be a candidate for laser vein treatment.
How many varicose vein treatments will I need?
Once the laser is used to correct the underlying cause of the varicose or spider veins, additional laser vein treatments may be required to complete your varicose vein treatment. These include ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy or surface Sclerotherapy. They are excellent for cosmetic treatment of any visible veins remaining after EVLT treatment.
What are the risks of laser varicose vein treatment?
Side effects of EVLT procedure include mild bruising and tenderness that usually disappear within a few weeks. A feeling of tightness or a pulling sensation along the course of the treatment area may also be present. This “pulling” sensation confirms that the veins were destroyed. Discomfort is usually managed with over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Is varicose vein treatment covered by health insurance?
When used to treat medical symptoms such as swelling, ulcers and poor circulation, EVLT treatment is usually reimbursed by health insurance. After your initial consultation, Belmont Plastic Surgery, as a courtesy, will contact your insurance company to determine if you have insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment.