Feel Good About Your Legs Again!

 Laser Leg Vein Treatments Stonington New London CT

Is this your skin issue?

Do you have small red or blue veins now visible on your lower legs or thighs?

The Science: Why we have Leg Veins

Leg veins occur because of poor venous flow in the lower extremities. Several issues can increase the occurrence of the leg veins: poor circulation, being on your feet for long periods of time, elevated hormones (being pregnant or taking birth control pills), and genetics.

Leg veins greatly vary in their diameter and depth--which affects which treatments will be most effective. Small blue or red veins close to the surface of the skin, called spider veins, are best treated with either a vascular laser or sclerotherapy. Studies comparing the outcome of sclerotherapy versus laser treatments on small leg veins show in general sclerotherapy to be more effective. Larger blue veins and varicose veins sometimes need a more interventional treatment using an “endovenous ablation” device (this is not offered at Dr. Duke’s office).

The Solution:  Leg Vein Laser


   Vascular Laser Treatments

Laser light of specific wavelengths (1064 nm being most effective for leg veins) selectively seals up the blood vessel-while not harming the surrounding skin. Generally 2-4 sessions are needed to achieve the best results--depending on how many vessels need to be treated.

The vascular laser is most effective when the leg veins are so narrow, the small needle used for sclerotherapy cannot enter the vessel successfully. At the same time, the laser can treat leg veins of different sizes and colors. Usually, different types and sizes of  leg veins are present.

The laser session is no downtime, does not require the use of support hose after the procedure, involves NO needles or anesthesia. The veins do look darker before they begin to clear over a two months period . Sessions are spaced 4-8 weeks apart, and best do when the skin is not tan and not in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

An important point to consider is the timing of your procedure. Avoid the summer months.  Also, throughout your lifetime, whether you have the veins treated or not, you may grow new veins. So pick a time to treat your veins when they really bother you--as you may grow new vessels and therefore need more treatments in the future to maintain your results.

Schedule a consultation with Daniella Duke, MD by calling 860-245-0000. She will personally evaluate your skin issues and describe the treatments that would be most helpful for you.



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