Laser Vein Reduction Restores Beautiful Skin
Patients sometimes notice tiny veins showing through the skin on their legs, face, or other areas of the body. They often wonder if they are noticeable to others as well. Fortunately, there is a highly effective nonsurgical treatment for this condition called laser vein reduction. Dr. Christopher R. Hove of Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Paoli, PA, routinely performs laser vein reduction procedures for his patients and he believes they could benefit from the treatment.
What Causes This Condition?
Veins that show through the skin are usually classified as either spider veins or varicose veins. They are caused by minor abnormalities in the valves of blood vessels. Blood tends to pool in these vessels, causing them to fill up and dilate. Certain groups of people are more prone to this condition:
- Women, especially those who are pregnant, taking birth control pills, or who are undergoing hormone therapy
- Older patients
- Those who routinely sit or stand for prolonged periods
- Patients who are genetically predisposed
- Those who are overweight
How Can It Be Treated?
Veins that show through the skin can cause mild discomfort, and occasionally, skin ulcers, but the major concern with them is cosmetic, rather than medical. For this reason, treatment is aimed at eliminating them. Dr. Hove will carefully examine the lesions and recommend a course of treatment.
More severe cases may require surgery, but the doctor may first recommend such conservative measures as compression stockings and lifestyle changes that encourage patients to exercise more and lose weight. If these changes are not effective, some doctors recommend a conservative nonsurgical procedure called sclerotherapy. This involves injecting liquid into the affected vessels, which can cause them to collapse and disappear. However, it can take weeks or months for the desired results to become apparent.
Laser Vein Reduction May Be the Best Option
Perhaps the most effective and predictable nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment of spider and varicose veins is laser vein reduction. It employs a medical-grade laser to project highly concentrated light rays into the affected veins. This causes them to contract and disappear. It may take more than one treatment to get the desired result, but once the affected vessels have been removed, they do not typically return. Patients typically recover very quickly and suffer only minimal post-operative discomfort. In most cases, they can immediately return to their normal activities.
Dr. Hove encourages his patients to take measures to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of spider or varicose veins. These include regular exercise, keeping the extra pounds off, avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time, wearing clothing that is not overly tight-fitting, and keeping the legs elevated and uncrossed when sitting or lying down.
Contact Us for More Information
Patients who are interested in knowing more about laser vein reduction, or who are wanting to regain and maintain their youthful attractiveness, are encouraged to contact the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hove's numerous satisfied patients glowingly attest to the beautiful results he has obtained. The office number is (610) 647-3727, or patients can contact the office on the website.