The Franklin Skin & Laser team likes to say, “looking young never gets old,” and smooth, unblemished legs are timeless. Board-certified surgeon Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf will restore your appearance by utilizing medical-grade lasers to fade spider and varicose veins without invasive cutting or needles.
If the doctor determines lasers are the best way to treat your veins, you can generally expect the following steps:
Step No. 1: Consultation
All laser and light based systems generally work the same way. Light energy is projected to the treatment area. As the area absorbs the energy, heat is produced. In this case, affected blood vessels absorb thermal energy, which causes problematic veins to close and then be absorbed by the body.
Dr. Bengelsdorf offers many different types of powerful and safe lasers for treatment of unsightly and uncomfortable veins. He will determine a laser tailored to your needs by considering vein size, the area to be treated, and other characteristics specific to you.
Step No. 2: Preparing for treatment
After identifying the best way to treat your veins, Dr. Bengelsdorf will explain how to minimize the risk of adverse side effects and increase your odds of a successful outcome.
Preparation generally includes:
- – Avoidance of ultraviolet light from sunlight or tanning lamps
- – Avoidance of waxing in the weeks leading up to treatment
- – Cessation of aspirin, herbal supplements, and other medications as directed by the doctor
Step No. 3: Day of appointment
Laser vein removal at your Franklin TN specialty practice is an outpatient procedure. For your comfort, Dr. Bengelsdorf may administer a numbing agent.
The doctor will apply a handheld device to the treatment area. This device delivers precise light energy to target problematic varicose or spider veins. As the blood cells in the veins absorb the light, the heat that is generated accordingly reduces the blood vessel. The procedure is well-tolerated, and patients experience little to no discomfort.
Step No. 4: After-care
Laser therapy is no different from other outpatient dermatological procedures, in that it can produce temporary discoloration, irritation, swelling, and tenderness.
Dr. Bengelsdorf will discuss management of discomfort and cosmetic concerns in the days following treatment.
Step No. 5: Discover beach-worthy skin
Maybe you’re ready to reveal beautiful skin for the summer, or perhaps a trip to a vacation destination is on the horizon. Whatever your motivations for treatment, be aware that laser vein removal is a process. It can take 8 to 12 weeks to see the results. Be aware that any downtime is cosmetic in nature. Since invasive cutting or injections are avoided, you can get back to your active lifestyle in no time.
Dr. Bengelsdorf will advise on any follow-up treatments. It may take a couple of sessions, spaced a few weeks apart, to get desired results.
Schedule a consultation today, so Franklin Skin & Laser can determine if light-based therapy or alternatives such as sclerotherapy are best to fade your veins. Call (615) 595-8177.
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