Spider veins, while they may not cause pain and heaviness the way varicose veins do, may be troubling for individuals in Chicago, Illinois and other areas of the country. They appear as thin, tangled veins that are often purplish or reddish in color. Not surprisingly, many consider their appearance to be very embarrassing and seek relief through various minimally invasive procedures available. One such treatment option available to a lot of patients with this condition is intense pulse light therapy, or IPL for short. The treatment works by sending pulses of intense light energy towards the problem veins, which causes them to shrink and disappear.
Patients may find success in relieving veins appearing on various areas of the body. IPL may treat spider veins that appear on the legs, ankles, arms, thighs, face, and more. Patients are encouraged to speak with a vein specialist in Chicago to determine if IPL is a proper therapy to help them find relief from these veins. Individuals should be in good overall health and should not have a disorder affecting the blood vessels or problems with bleeding. The best results are often found in patients who have fair skin, although patients of various skin tones have found success. Individuals who are taking certain medications, are pregnant, have scaring, have acne, or who have other problems may not be ideal candidates.
A hand piece is used to deliver the pulses of intense light energy towards the problem veins. The blood absorbs the energy and the vessel lining is damaged, causing the vessel to collapse and shrink. The targeted blood vessels are damaged, leaving other blood vessels and tissue in the area unharmed. This is a non-invasive treatment that may be used to treat veins that are deeper under the skin that may be more difficult to reach with the shorter wavelengths of other laser procedures. Some combine sclerotherapy with IPL treatments.
Some possible side effects associated with intense pulse light therapy for spider veins are bruising, blistering, redness, and swelling in the treatment area. Most side effects go away after a few days and do not require any further treatment. Patients can go back to work or return to their normal activities right after treatment, and results are evident after only a short time, further adding to the convenience of IPL therapies. Full results are evident after a few weeks in most cases.
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