As the seasons change and the temperatures dip, frolicking in your shorts or swimsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, this is an ideal time to get your legs shorts-ready with spider vein treatment from your Franklin TN specialists, Franklin Skin & Laser.
Why is there no time like the present for treatment?
The arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of your body. Veins send the blood back to the heart. With age, some veins weaken and are not able to send the blood back to the heart effectively. Since your legs act as pumps that help transport the blood, when veins become weak the blood that flows back against the force of gravity pools in the lower part of the body. The resulting effect of such changes is legs that are lined with blue, red, or purple cords and “webs”: varicose veins and spider veins.
To improve their appearance or even lessen them, Dr. Bengelsdorf will need to close off the faulty veins. There are two ways Franklin Skin & Laser can cause these unsightly (and sometimes painful) veins to fade and disappear:
- With lasers
- Via sclerotherapy
For the first method, Dr. Bengelsdorf will apply the laser beam to the problematic vein. As the treated vessels absorb energy delivered via the laser, the varicose or spider veins break apart. Eventually the veins will fade and disappear in the succeeding weeks, following a few sessions scheduled at about 2-week intervals. No needles or incisions are necessary.
For optimal treatment, Dr. Bengelsdorf uses many different types of lasers. The type of laser to be used for your treatment depends on the type of vein, as well as the size of the vein. Spider veins, for instance, are generally smaller and varicose veins vary as well, with some appearing gnarled, bulging, or twisted.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution that causes the veins to close. The sclerosing agent is injected with a very fine needle. Many patients begin to see their veins fade in a few weeks. While some patients may need to have the same vein be re-treated, in the expert hands of Dr. Bengelsdorf, this technique is highly effective (blood is redirected naturally).
While these approaches to care are not downtime-intensive, treatments for spider and varicose veins in Franklin TN do require 8 to 12 weeks of healing before your legs are “beach-ready.” For this reason, Franklin Skin & Laser recommends you schedule an appointment before spring and summer rolls back around again. By allotting plenty of time in advance of summer, you can have a comfortable and pleasant experience that accounts for any “cosmetic downtime” as the veins gradually fade. Don’t wait. Start the process today. Call (615) 595-8177.
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