Do you have varicose veins that blemish the appearance of your legs and make you wonder if they could lead to future complications? If you want to treat varicose veins or spider veins, EVLT is an effective, minimally invasive treatment that involves no surgery. Patients complete the treatment in less than one hour and recover quickly. If you have any questions about the treatment contact Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers, AR today for more information.
What Is EVLT?
Endovenous Laser Treatment or EVLT is a minimally invasive treatment that works well to reduce spider veins and varicose veins. A laser fiber is inserted into the vein and destroys the vein wall with light energy. The vein wall collapses and the remaining blood is distributed throughout the body by nearby healthy veins. The treatment results in better circulation and reduced appearance of the veins.
How Does Treatment Work?
This treatment begins with a consultation from Dr. Haney, who has more than 10 years of expertise in vascular treatment. If we decide that Endovenous Laser Treatment is the most beneficial treatment for your condition, we can make an appointment for your treatment. We use the VenaCure system and NeverTouch gold-tip laser fiber to treat the offending vein.
The NeverTouch fiber does not cause irritation or bruising, so the treatment can be carried out with careful precision and fast treatment times. The treatment is performed quickly in our office, and there is no downtime after laser therapy. Most patients return to work and can perform normal activities.
When Will I See Results?
This treatment takes less than an hour to perform, and many patients can return to work or their normal routine the same day without any pain. Patients will see an improvement in the appearance of veins immediately after treatment and over several weeks the appearance will improve. Most patients are satisfied with the results, with 98% of patients seeing a marked improvement.
Is It Right for Me?
Men and women of all ages and skin types suffering from varicose and spider veins can benefit from treatment. The treatment is performed quickly enough to fit into a busy schedule and will not have you missing work. This treatment is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. Patients with bleeding abnormalities, blood clots, and other vascular conditions may be recommended for other treatments during the consultation. Patients with active infections around the treatment area may need to wait until the infection is treated to undergo treatment.
What Types of Veins Can Be Treated?
EVLT is commonly used to treat varicose and spider veins. It can be used to treat the truncal veins which can be seen on the skin’s surface as well as perforator veins that penetrate the muscle. These veins can become swollen with an unpleasant appearance and can lead to further issues due to poor circulation.
What Causes Varicose and Spider Veins?
Weak or damaged valves in the vein can cause blood to flow back, causing varicose veins. These veins occur often in the legs and can cause irregular circulation. Spider veins are small tangled veins where blood pools on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are often seen on the face and legs. Patients who are pregnant, aging, or spend large amounts of time sitting are most at risk for these veins.
Is Any Preparation Necessary Before Treatment?
Before Endovenous Laser Treatment, you can eat a light meal and should stay properly hydrated during the 24 hours leading up to the treatment while avoiding caffeine. If you wear compression stockings, you should remove them 24 hours before treatment.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Treatment recovery is quick and can be painless. Patients may opt to take an over the counter pain reliever for any discomfort, as a pulling or tight sensation may be felt where the vein was destroyed. Patients can continue normal activities but should avoid strenuous activities. Many patients return to work immediately after treatment and can perform their normal routine. Loss of the vein will not cause harm, and nearby veins will restore proper circulation. If you are on blood-thinning medications, you should continue taking them after the treatment.
Is Anesthetic Required During the Treatment?
Unlike other treatments for varicose and spider veins, this treatment does not require a general anesthetic. We may apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area for your comfort. Patients generally feel no pain or discomfort during the treatment.
Does the Treatment Result in Scarring?
This treatment is minimally invasive and does not result in scarring. Patients may experience some bruising, but the NeverTouch gold-tip laser fiber reduces bruising and increases recovery time. Most patients only feel a minor tightness limited to a week.
Will My Insurance Provider Cover the Treatment?
Fortunately, many preferred provider health insurance plans and Medicare cover Endovenous Laser Treatment in the United States. Speak with your insurance provider before treatment to understand what is covered.
Are You Ready to Eliminate Varicose and Spider Veins?
If you want to quickly and painlessly remove varicose and spider veins, visit Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers, AR today for an initial consultation and vein screening. EVLT is a minimally invasive treatment that is performed right in our Rogers office location. After the treatment, you can continue to do light exercise and resume work immediately.