Treat Varicose and Spider Veins with Lasers

Varicose and spider veins affect one in every two people aged fifty and above, they affect more women than men and they affect fifteen to twenty-five percent of all adults in the UAE.

Essentially, varicose veins are swollen, enlarged veins that might be lumpy or twisted in appearance, and are visible above the skin. They are most commonly seen in the legs. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but are smaller and look like spider webs.

“Just about any vein in the body can become varicose – these veins become swollen because the valves within the vein that prevent the backward flow of blood into the vein become damaged, causing the blood to collect in the vein. The damage may be a result of pregnancy or ageing, it may be hereditary or the person may be in a job that necessitates long periods of sitting or standing,” says Dr Trelles, plastic and laser surgeon at state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.

Laser treatment of vascular malformations in the face and neck has had a high success rate and, therefore, a large number of patients in the UAE suffering from varicose and spider veins are also opting for laser treatment for their lower limbs.

What to expect

Your surgeon will use a long-pulsed Neodimio YAG laser which is popular in treating varicose veins of the lower limbs. The laser energy is effective in penetrating the skin deeply.

“While varicose veins do not present a serious health condition, they can be unsightly and result in self-esteem issues,” adds Dr Trelles.

Person with spider veins on skin