Veins & Spider Veins

Body Focus is introducing the combination of two laser wavelenghts (1064nm Nd:Yag and 532nm KTP) with Intense Pulse Light, which offers three light technologies to meet ALL of your leg vein needs. One or both of these technologies may be used to provide the most complete vein care for you. At Body Focus, we specialize in varicose vein treatment with laser surgery for the Midland and Odessa, Texas areas. During your FREE consultation the best treatment technique based upon your INDIVIDUAL needs will be determined.
Also: find out about Sclerotherapy (injections into the veins)

We use the Nd:Yag laser to treat larger, deeper veins. The light emited from the Nd:Yag laser travels through your skin down to the intended vessel which absorbs its heat energy and collapses.

More superficial veins use a different technology provided by KTP laser (532nm) and Intense Pulsed Light. IPL technology is used for vessels closer to your skin surface utilizing special filters which are selective to superficial blood vessels.

Some people are at greater risk for developing spider veins. These risk factors include:

  1. Sex – Females in any age group are more likely than males to develop spider veins.
  2. Genetic factors – Some people have veins with abnormally weak walls or valves. They may develop spider veins even without a rise in blood pressure in the superficial veins.
  3. Pregnancy – A woman’s total blood volume increases during pregnancy, which increases the blood pressure in the venous system. In addition, the hormonal changes of pregnancy cause the walls and valves in the veins to soften.
  4. Using birth control pills.
  5. Obesity – Excess body weight increases pressure on the veins.
  6. Occupational factors – People whose jobs require standing or sitting for long periods of time without the opportunity to walk or move around are more likely to develop spider veins than people whose jobs allow more movement.

Although it is impossible to completely prevent spider veins, there are several things you can do:

  1. Exercise regularly and maintain a normal weight
  2. If you are prone to leg spider veins, try not to sit for stand or prolonged periods of time
  3. Avoid high consumption of alcohol
  4. Treat your skin gently and avoid abrasive facial scrubs
  5. Protect your skin with sunscreen
  1. Non invasive laser energy is absorbed by hemoglobin and converted to heat energy
  2. Due to this heat energy immediately after treatment blood coagulates and the vessel wall collapses
  3. Over time the vessel is reabsorbed by the body and disappears

Vascular laser treatments are non invasive, NO needles or anesthesia is used. The deliverance of the heat energy to the vessels may feel like a pinch similar to a rubber band snap or bee bite. Many leg veins require multiple treatments over the course of a few months before the treatment is complete.

Patients do not have to change their normal routines before or after treatment. Sun exposure must be limited prior to and following any type of laser or IPL treatment. Treatment should not be performed on tanned skin to avoid discoloration.