EVLT, short for endovenous laser therapy, for varicose veins utilizes laser energy that is delivered to the walls of the vessels from the inside. If you have varicose veins that you want treated, you may find this method to be a more attractive option than the more invasive vein stripping surgery.
Varicose veins usually form in the legs. If you have them, you are fully aware of the impact they can have on the appearance. You may also have experienced some of the discomforting symptoms they can produce, although not everyone with varicose veins has them.
These unwanted vessels can form as a result of faulty valves inside the veins. They are one-way devices that are there to keep the blood from flowing in the opposite direction from the natural pumping action of the heart. In the case of the veins, this is back to the heart and lungs. Because the leg veins are longer than those in other parts of the body and the blood has a longer distance to travel, much of the time in an upward direction, the blood can easily pool inside the veins when the valves fail to function properly. The pull of gravity can have a negative impact by causing the blood to back up in the veins. The subsequent pooling can create too much pressure and make the veins become enlarged and varicose.
Varicose veins begin to negatively affect the appearance when they can be seen through the skin. Normally, they appear blue. Since the vessels are enlarged, they can cause the skin to bulge out also. This adds even further to the appearance issues. Some people can handle the appearance better than others. Many individuals can be so impacted by their presence that their self-esteem suffers. These individuals should definitely have their veins treated. Others whose self-confidence is not affected will still seek treatment to improve their looks.
If you have varicose veins that are causing symptoms, treatments can definitely make your life more comfortable. These unwelcome veins can cause aching and swelling of the legs. They can also cause numbness and tingling. Other individuals can experience stinging and burning. If you have a job or other daily activities that require you to be on your feet for a while, these symptoms can become worse, especially later in the day.
If your varicose veins have developed in larger vessels, you may be a good candidate for EVLT. This treatment uses carefully controlled heat that is delivered from inside the vessel to safely destroy it. The problem vein will gradually go away as the body absorbs the tissue that was once a varicose vein.
If you have veins that are too large to be treated from outside the skin and you want to stay away from invasive surgical procedures, you should ask us at Canada Vein Clinics about EVLT for your varicose veins. This may be your best way of returning to your normal appearance and eliminating symptoms. We have offices in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Ottawa, Orleans, Vaughan, Kawartha Lakes, Kanata, Dartmouth, Halifax and Moncton. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!