Veins

At ArtMed, we provide a full range of vascular treatments for the men and women of Guelph. Benign vascular lesions and unsightly veins ranging from telangiectasias, to spider veins to deeper vascular lesions can now be treated effectively with sclerotherapy, and smaller spider veins respond well to laser treatment. If you miss wearing your shorts, come in for a free consultation to find out which treatment is right for you.

Veins Treatment Options

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment used for varicose and spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves injecting an unwanted vein with a saline solution. The injectable solutions that we use at our clinic are called Tromboject® or Sclerodex®. It contains sodium chloride, and when injected into the unwanted vein, it  causes the vein wall to collapse, stick together and close. Sclerotherapy is a very effective way to treat unwanted veins and most patients can expect to see a 50 to 90 percent improvement with a series of treatments.

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Sciton Profile® Laser Vascular Treatments

Laser therapy is a proven treatment for treating unsightly broken and dilated vessels, as well as such other unwanted vascular lesions as rosacea, port wine stains, and other vascular birthmarks. In fact, the latest advances in laser technology have given us a method for removal that is safer, faster and more effective than ever.

How does laser vein treatment work?

Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that passes through the skin that is preferentially absorbed by its target, which can be an unwanted hair, birthmark, tattoo, or in this case, the hemoglobin (the red portion of blood) in the unwanted vessels. The heat from the laser causes the vein to break up and disappear.

Will it be uncomfortable?

There is little to no discomfort, however this varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of the treatment. There is no need for anaesthesia and your laser technician will discuss your options to properly manage any discomfort from the treatment. There will be no post-treatment discomfort.
What will happen during the procedure?

Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. The laser beam will be delivered to the area of your skin being treated. You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses are preferentially absorbed in the unwanted vessels, heating and destroying them. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated.

What aftercare will I need?

It is important to follow your laser technician’s instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. This will minimize your risk for inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest response time. Any vessels or pigment denatured by the laser will be reabsorbed by your body over a period of time in a natural cleansing process. Most small capillaries will become invisible almost immediately since they will no longer contain blood flow. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure. Most of the conditions treated by the laser will have been caused by sun exposure, so avoiding sunlight will prolong your new youthful appearance. You need to cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.
Is there a risk?

There is little risk for the treatment of these benign conditions. In some cases, repeat treatment will be necessary depending on your response to the treatment and the desired result.
How long will it take me to recover?

Your healing time will depend upon your actual treatment, and you may experience erythema (redness) which may last several days. There is virtually no recovery time and you may resume an active lifestyle immediately. Your laser technician can answer questions about temporary changes to your skin appearance and how it may be camouflaged.
What should I expect after treatment?

Some temporary redness may be present in the area that has been treated, however, this should subside within a few hours. Your skin will have a pink or red color that will resolve over time. You will need to avoid direct sun exposure, or use a sun block of at least SPF 15 when outdoors.

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