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IPL And How It Works to Treat Spider Veins

IPL, also known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy, is a treatment that uses a high-intensity (non-laser) source of light that helps reduce and heal numerous skin complications and blemishes, such as spider veins. The way IPL therapy is used to care for spider veins is through a process where the walls of your blood vessels are damaged due to heat. This application then causes the spider veins to weaken and, over time, vanish. IPL works best on veins that are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface.

Looking deeper into how IPL treats spider veins:

The way IPL therapy works on spider veins (Telangiectasias) is by heating the veins using high-intensity light. By doing so, the walls of the veins begin to disintegrate and form scar tissue. Over the course of several weeks, the veins are then absorbed back into the body and start to disappear.

IPL generally treats lower layers of skin, as opposed to top layers. This lets the light therapy attack skin deeper without it burning the upper layers of skin, like in spider vein treatment.

Similar to laser treatments, IPL is able to generate different kinds of pulsing light. Lasers, though, form a single wavelength, or color, and they are able to target and treat a larger amount of skin complications. On the other hand, light source from IPL is made up of multiple wavelengths, causing the light to appear white. Each wavelength varies, allowing the same device to be used for multiple kinds of skin and vein issues.

IPL devices release light pulses, so when a pulse strikes the skin, the energy from that light is then turned into heat. The amount of heat created and depth it reaches is dependent on the wavelength of light in each pulse.

Treating spider veins with IPL:

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IPL is able to use multiple kinds of wavelengths simultaneously, therefore it is best on veins that are able to be seen from the skin’s surface. Because of this, this treatment is sometimes preferred on spider veins that affect the face, as well as a patient’s leg. Results can also be affected by a person’s natural skin pigmentation, as the color of skin can affect the amount of light that is able to be absorbed.

This treatment process can be done right in your doctor’s office and takes anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. The amount of time it takes depends on the number of spider veins being treated and the area affected. Not only this, but multiple sessions separated by four to six weeks, may be necessary to fully treat the spider veins. The veins that are treated will begin to face over the course of several weeks.

Throughout the procedure, it is possible you will experience a pinching sensation, or even hot snaps, from the treatment. Many patients, however, do not find these sensations painful. Though most don’t experience pain, some may find it more uncomfortable than other spider vein treatments such as microsclerotherapy, where needles are used instead of light therapy.

Recovery from IPL treatment:

While there may be some redness and bruising on the treated skin areas, a patient would be able to immediately resume normal activities after a session. This irritation should also only last a few days to a week.

After a treatment, if the skin feels warm, applying an ice pack a couple minutes at a time should take away the heat sensation. While you can resume normal activities, one should not take hot baths or showers, or use a sauna, for the rest of the day after an IPL session. Direct sunlight should also be avoided for three or four weeks if possible, and a sunscreen with high SPF should be applied.


Spider Vein Causes

  •        The aging process.
  •        Genetics (family history).
  •        Pregnancy. Note that vein problems usually become worse with each successive pregnancy.
  •        Hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy and menopause
  •        Being overweight or obese.
  •        Inactivity (leading a sedentary lifestyle).

You’ll notice that some of these factors are beyond your control. Namely, genetics, aging, and some hormonal changes. Others are within your control. These include obesity and activity level.

Laser Spider Vein Treatment Pittsburgh

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Laser without cover- why treatment is expensive… these are very complex machines.

Modern skin resurfacing lasers are also quite capable of removing spider veins. This type of treatment gives permanent results and is even less invasive than sclerotherapy.

Vein Treatment Insurance Coverage

Many patients with vein disease suffer from physical as well as cosmetic symptoms. These can include but are not limited to: swelling, achiness, heaviness, cramping, itching, and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). If you experience any of these symptoms then there’s a good chance your medical insurance will cover the Closure® procedure.

Side effects to IPL treatment?

Because IPL therapy is non-invasive and a very mild procedure, any side effects are minimal. Possible side effects include either darkened or lightened skin, temporary redness, or blistering.

Can spider veins reappear after an IPL treatment?

While spider veins that have been treated should not come back, new spider veins can develop. Spider veins are more likely, however, to reappear is there is an underlying condition, such as venous insufficiency or varicose veins. If new spider veins appear after IPL, more sessions will be required to treat and clear them.

Does insurance cover IPL?

IPL is often seen as a cosmetic procedure, though private insurance plans typically cover this treatment when a medical need is demonstrated. To be sure, though, speak to your doctor about medical needs and whether IPL is necessary for you, and check with your insurance company about your specific coverage plan.

Spider Veins: What are they and how do they form?

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Spider veins are blue, red or purple veins that appear near the surface of the skin. They get their name from their spider leg-like appearance. They are small, swollen blood vessels that result from the pooling of blood in the area. In most cases, spider veins cause no harm but they may be accompanied by irritation or discomfort. They can sometimes be a symptom of a more problematic venous disease occurring deeper within the legs and thighs. 

Not every case of spider veins is the result of the more widespread and painful venous disease, but some are. The vast majority of sufferers come into the Advanced Vein Center for cosmetic reasons. The majority of cosmetic spider veins cases are treated with sclerotherapy.

What are the treatment options for spider veins in the lower extremity?

The most common form of treatment in the legs is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy has been used for decades to target the eyesores of spider veins. Our professionally trained staff injects a safe solution into the problem spot, causing the tiny trouble veins to close off from the main vein and die. Later it is reabsorbed into the body. By closing off the vein from the blood flow, this effective treatment removes 100% of the spider vein eliminating the unwelcome blue and purple from below the skin.

What are compression stockings?

spider veins ellwood cityThe use of prescription-level compression garments is required for a few days after sclerotherapy sessions. This eliminates the need for a protracted downtime. You can resume normal activities almost immediately after your treatment. There are a few activities that should be avoided after sclerotherapy is performed. We will discuss all of these with you in detail at your next appointment.

The vast majority of sclerotherapies are performed by visual guidance alone. However, in special cases, ultrasound may be used to guide the injection. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (USG sclerotherapy) can be used to target spider veins that are deeper in the leg or some reticular veins if microphlebectomy is not a viable option.

Whatever the details of your case, our professional staff pride themselves in providing safe and effective treatments for spider veins with the least amount of discomfort. Spider vein treatment is minimally invasive and highly safe. Patient comfort is a top priority throughout the whole process. 

I’ve never done anything like this and wasn’t sure what to expect. The staff at the Advanced Vein Center took my comfort and wellbeing into consideration every step of the way. Initially they ruled out any underlying conditions that would first require medical treatment. The tests and the injection were easy. I wasn’t a huge fan of wearing the compression stockings but it only lasted a few days and now my legs look wonderful. Look out pool party! I’m back without fretting about how my legs look.

-Alena (age 43)

If your veins are too bad for simple laser, we also offer:

Several minimally invasive options are available if the above at-home treatments aren’t sufficient. These are safe and highly effective and include:

  • Sclerotherapy: an injection-based spider vein treatment. A very small amounts of an irritant medication is injected into the veins being treated. This causes the veins to collapse. The vein is then reabsorbed into the body.
  • Phlebectomy: surgical removal of large surface varicose veins. This is accomplished with specialized surgical instruments. Only tiny access incisions are needed and only local anesthesia is necessary.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation: ablation means to close down, collapse, or otherwise destroy. More commonly called RF ablation, this technique uses a thin wire catheter with a heating element at the tip. This is inserted into the vein and short bursts of brief, intense heat is generated. The vein then collapses and is reabsorbed in a similar fashion as with sclerotherapy. Only local anesthesia is necessary.
  • Laser-based Ablation: this is another widely used catheter-based ablation technique. The only practical difference is that a medical grade laser is used to generate the required heat. As with RF ablation only local anesthesia is needed.

Are you concerned that you are no longer able to hide the Vericose Veins & Spider Veins that have started to appear on your legs?

Are you afraid your  leg veins will look like your parents varicose leg veins?

Would you like a simple, safe vein treatment, covered by insurance, to feel good about your legs again

At Beaver Valley Foot Clinic’s Advanced Vein Center – It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Call 724-987-3220

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