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Varicose veins can adversely affect your appearance, cause inconveniences, and sometimes pain. If you’re looking for treatment for varicose veins or spider veins, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have it too, most of them women due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. At The Cosmetic Vein Laser Center in Williamsville, NY, we know what you’re going through. If you’re looking for a minimally-invasive treatment, consider endovenous laser therapy.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are characterized by large, swollen, twisted veins that are visible through the skin. They’re commonly found in the feet and legs. Spider veins, on the other hand, are a mild form of varicose veins.
If left untreated, the disease can cause mild symptoms like burning, fatigue, itching, pain, and swelling. In severe cases, patients feel the need to keep their legs constantly in motion due to restlessness and throbbing.
Most patients search for a treatment for cosmetic reasons, while others want to manage pain and discomfort.
What Is Endovenous Laser Therapy (ELT)? 
Endovenous laser therapy is a quick, minimally-invasive treatment that neither requires complicated surgery, nor hospitalization. Today, ELT is one of the most preferred treatment options for varicose veins. The treatment uses laser energy from a highly focused and concentrated light beam.
ELT is designed to remove varicose veins, minimize symptoms, and reduce the risk of complications, like blood clots.
How Does It Work?
A tiny optic fiber is usually inserted via a needle into the damaged veins with the aid of ultrasound guidance. Once inside, the optic fiber is removed, and the laser is activated to heat and consequently close the veins. Closing damaged veins inhibits blood flow, and the body will naturally reroute the blood to other veins. Ultimately, the closed vein will be absorbed.
The entire treatment usually takes about an hour, with little or no discomfort. Additionally, endovenous laser therapy is very safe in the hands of an experienced physician since lasers are less risky compared to surgery.
Benefits of Endovenous Laser Therapy
Most people choose ELT over surgery because of:
• Lower chance of the varicose veins re-occurring
• No general anesthesia needed
• Minimal or no scarring
• Low complication rate
• Less discomfort
If you’re struggling with varicose or spider veins, consider visiting The Cosmetic Vein Laser Center in Williamsville, NY. Our experienced vein specialist will examine your condition, answer your questions, and guide you through endovenous laser therapy as well as other treatment options. Contact us today to book an appointment!

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