Varicose veins is a disease that affects the leg veins due to several factors. Veins become enlarged and painful causing blood circulation problems that can be very harmful to the health in addition to being unattractive. Varicose veins are formed by a malfunction of the valves in the leg veins that help blood to flow to the heart.
People that suffer from varicose veins have heavy legs, cramps, itching and even severe pain. One in ten people suffer from varicose veins, being more common in women, especially as a result of pregnancy and hormones.
Venocentro is the first medical institution in El Salvador engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins and conditions of the veins. They have specialized in providing the best treatment for each type of vein. They have the latest and most advanced laser equipment for veins with state-of-the-art technology, according to the most stringent international standards, as well as Endolaser surgery and Ohmic Thermolysis.
The technology that is used is:
Innovative computer system for color Doppler Diagnosis, which takes an accurate mapping of all the diseased veins to obtain an image of the entire venous system of the lower limbs.
YAG laser 1064 is the most powerful, skin-friendly laser equipment for spider vein removal. It penetrates up to 5 mm into the skin and is ideal for thin red or purple veins with a 1 to 2 mm. diameter. 4-5 sessions are usually required with an interval of 2 weeks between each session and the treatment can be combined with sclerotherapy and the Spider.
What is the post-laser treatment care?
Avoid sun exposure of the treated area for 14 days to prevent blemishes or scars.
Moisturize the treated area with Aloe Vera moisturizing creams two or three times a day.
Avoid scratching to reduce the risk of marks, infections and/or deep scars, small or micro scabs (if they appear).
Biolitec 1470 Endolaser Surgery. Of German origin, it is the latest and most widely used technology for surgery of large varicose veins due to its effectiveness (98%) to remove them without damaging the surrounding fat tissues and skin.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the operating room. The vein is punctured using Doppler ultrasound and laser thermal energy. The Biolitec technology doesn’t leave hematoma marks but a small bruising and post-operative pain, discomfort and swelling are minimal so the patient returns home the same day.
The aesthetic result is optimal with a 3-5 day recovery and return to daily activities. You can control the pain with oral medications and your legs will look better a few days after the procedure.
During the recovery, elastic stockings must be worn for five days after the bandages are removed as indicated by your doctor. Elevate your legs for 15 minutes every 6 hours for the first week. Walk every day after the first day, starting with 20 minutes daily and increase the time as the discomfort allows you to. Avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting or spending too much time standing up during the first 14 days. Avoid hot baths, saunas, hot tubs, swimming in pools and high-temperature environments.
Risks and Complications
Although risks and possible complications of endovenous laser ablation are very unlikely, the following must be reported:
Swelling and numbness of the skin are common but must be reported if they persist after a week.
Signs of infection in treated areas, increasing pain, redness and/or fever.
Skin burns or blisters.
Formation of a blood clot in a deep vein.
The Ecleris Spider equipment is a selective thermo-coagulator that generates great heat by radio frequency and is used to remove thin 1mm spider veins and laser-resistant spider veins.
The Ohmic Thermolysis cannot be used in:
Patients with heart pacemakers.
Patients with skin infection, open wounds or post-shaving irritation dermatitis.
Its effectiveness depends on the hereditary characteristics of each individual, since 5% to 10% of treated spider veins do not disappear after treatment.