Laser Treatment for Thread Veins

Pre-procedure

Sun exposure should be avoided for 4 weeks before procedure and herbal tablets should be stopped 6 weeks prior to treatment as they make the skin very sensitive to the laser.

A patch test will be performed of the area to be treated. This will be done a week prior to the first treatment.

Procedure

This procedure takes approx 20-30mins per leg. Special protective glasses are worn during the procedure to protect eyes from of light from the laser. Cold gel is applied to the area being treated and treatment will be carried out. During treatment some minor discomfort or stinging may be experienced. A cold compress will be applied to the treated area to cool the area and reduce any redness and swelling.

Following procedure

Common risks that may occur;

  • Redness of skin, discomfort, swelling, bruising, change of pigmentation of skin.
  • A less common risk is scarring.
  • Discomfort – Minimal discomfort may be experienced. Advice will be given by the consultant.

Post-procedure advice

  • Compression stockings are not usually required but can be worn if it is more comfortable.
  • Normal activities can be maintained
  • Avoid standing for long periods
  • Avoid heavy strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting for 5 days following treatment.
  • Avoid sitting in hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas throughout treatment as this may cause veins to open up.
  • Cold compresses or aloe vera can be applied to the treated area for comfort to help any redness or swelling.
  • Sun exposure should be avoided for 4 weeks before and following procedure or total sun block should be used.