Veins can occur on many sites on the body including legs, face and chest. To address the different size veins and skin thicknesses in each area, we have a variety of laser and IPL options at various wavelengths specifically chosen to optimize patient results.

In treating larger leg veins, we frequently alternate treatments between Sclerotherapy and ND YAG (1064nm) laser treatments. Each laser or IPL will be addressed at your laser visit and customized to your specific issues.

Mild swelling and redness typically resolves in one week. (Bruising may take 6–8 weeks to fully resolve.) Apply ice or gel packs to the treatment area for 10-15 minutes every hour for the next four hours, as needed. An oral, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, such as acetaminophen may be taken to reduce discomfort. Use according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Until the redness has resolved, it is recommended to avoid the following:

  • Applying cosmetics to treated areas.
  • Swimming, especially in pools with chemicals, such as chlorine.
  • Hot tubs and Jacuzzis.
  • Activities that cause excessive perspiration.
  • Sun exposure to treated areas. Apply an SPF-30 or greater sunscreen to prevent skin color changes.
  • Aggressive scrubbing and use of exfoliants on the treated area.

After leg vein treatment, you may compression stockings (20-30 mm Hg pressure) overnight for 24 hours and during day for next 2 weeks. You should plan to avoid anticoagulants for three days after treatment. (Be sure to check with prescribing doctor first.)

Plan to elevate the leg for 24 hours following treatment; walking will speed the healing process.

You may appear more bruised the first night and for the next few days. Expect full results in the next 6 weeks. You may need additional treatments.

It is also possible to develop darkened areas around the injection sites called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These will fade over the course of 6-8 weeks.

Any area that remains inflamed, red, and warm to the touch or produces an ulceration or discharge may be infected. Please call our office immediately if the occurs at (860)243-3020.

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