Summer is a time where many of us feel self-conscious about our bodies because they are on display more than usual. An area that commonly causes insecurity is our legs, especially in the warmer summer months when we wear shorts, skirts and swimsuits.
If you are suffering from varicose or spider veins, there are treatments available to help diminish the appearance of the bulging blood vessels so you can feel confident – even in your daisy dukes.
Endovenous laser ablation is an outpatient procedure that permanently removes unsightly varicose veins with zero anesthesia or downtime. In fact, the procedure is so manageable that most patients are able to return to their normal routine the same day.
Varicose veins can not only be unsightly and embarrassing, but they can be painful as well. Typically, varicose veins affect men and women between the ages of 40 and 80. According to the American Heart Association, approximately 22 million women and 11 million men suffer from them in the U.S.
Visible symptoms include blue, purple or flesh-colored veins marring the surface of the skin. In addition to the appearance of veins, sufferers may experience skin itching, leg cramps, and later in life potentially the development of skin ulcers.
What Happens During EVLT?
During EVLT, a single micro-incision is used to insert the catheter into the vein. From there, heat from a laser is directed into the vein, causing the vein walls to permanently seal closed.
When the treatment is finished, the destroyed veins are eliminated as waste during the body’s natural healing processes, and blood flow is improved by being naturally re-routed through nearby healthy veins.
Rates of varicose vein recurrence after EVLT have been shown to be lower than with traditional vein stripping. EVLT is now the new standard of care for varicose veins, because not only does it help manage underlying venous problems, it also takes care of visible surface problems.