Laser treatment is a valuable addition to sclerotherapy, particularly for treating very small veins or veins that are resistant to sclerotherapy. Pulses of light (laser) energy are directed along the length of the vessel, larger veins first. The light energy cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, destroying the vessels, which are then absorbed by your body. You may feel a mild burning sensation with each pulse, which passes quickly. You may experience some redness and swelling of the treated area, which should disappear within a few days.
Our doctors recommend that sclerotherapy be used first, as it tends to work better and the results last longer than laser therapy. Laser treatment may be used after sclerotherapy to treat any vessels too small to inject. Most patients are very satisfied after sclerotherapy and laser treatment. It is important to remember, however, that this treatment will not prevent the occurrence of new spider veins.