What to Expect
Following your consultation with Dr Lowe or one of his experienced clinicians, a qualified laser technician will prepare the affected area.
As the laser passes over the skin, the heat is absorbed by the blood vessels, which collapses them. Once the vessels are deemed useless, the body will begin breaking them down and will eliminate them through the lymphatic system. Patients can expect to feel short bursts of heat as the laser moves over the skin but a built-in cooling system ensures that treatment is comfortable. If you are still concerned about comfort, mention this to your technician ahead of your treatment.
The average laser vein removal treatment will not take longer than an hour but this is dependent on the area/s that needs to be treated. Even though the treated area will be slightly red and swollen after treatment, a cold compress will allow you to return to your normal activities directly after your appointment.
Patients should also expect the veins to appear slightly darker for a few weeks while the body’s natural processes take effect. If more than one treatment will be required, they should be spaced 8 – 12 weeks apart. Smaller areas such as the nose will require fewer treatments while larger areas and excessive dilated capillaries will require more.