Do Varicose Veins Come Back After Laser Treatment? And Other Vein Disease FAQs

Do varicose veins come back after laser treatment?

If you’re concerned about the recurrence of varicose veins after laser treatment, you have nothing to fear. The risk of varicose veins returning after endovenous laser ablation, also known as laser treatment, is fairly low. Endovenous laser ablation is widely considered one of the most effective treatments for varicose veins and underlying vein disease — it has a 98% success rate. But while the risk of varicose veins returning might be low, it’s not nonexistent.

Varicose veins are symptomatic of chronic venous insufficiency

Varicose veins are dense blood vessels that bulge out of the skin’s surface, usually looking like a mass of twisted, tangled, and knotted ropes. Varicose veins are essentially dilated blood vessels with excess blood accumulation. Chronic venous insufficiency, a dangerous circulatory disorder caused by the collapse of vein valves, is the root cause of most vein problems.

Venous insufficiency is a medical condition wherein your vein valves collapse or malfunction. The vein valves are responsible for ensuring smooth blood circulation to the heart against the force of gravity. When the vein valves collapse, blood flows backward due to gravity and accumulates in the leg veins, eventually leading to bulging varicose veins.

Do varicose veins come back after laser treatment? What is the main cause of varicose veins? Is laser treatment for varicose veins permanent? We answer your questions about varicose vein treatment in New York City.

Endovenous laser ablation treats the root cause of varicose veins

Endovenous laser ablation, also known as laser treatment, is one of the most effective minimally invasive procedures for chronic venous insufficiency. During endovenous laser ablation, the vein doctor makes a small incision on the skin’s surface to insert a specialized laser fiber into the diseased vein under ultrasound guidance. When activated, the laser fiber generates laser energy to irritate and destroy the diseased vein, rerouting the accumulated blood into healthier leg veins.

Endovenous laser ablation treats chronic venous insufficiency — the root cause of varicose veins and most other vein problems. Since this procedure treats the root cause of varicose veins, it minimizes the risk of vein disease recurrence. The procedure is safe and effective and concludes within an hour with no downtime. You can resume most of your daily activities and work immediately after laser vein treatment — no harsh side effects or major activity limitations.

Ambulatory phlebectomy can remove the visible varicose veins

While endovenous laser treatment addresses the root cause of varicose veins, it doesn’t remove all the varicose veins. That’s why some vein doctors perform ambulatory phlebectomy after vein treatment. During ambulatory phlebectomy, the vein doctor administers local anesthesia to physically extract the unhealthy varicose veins from the skin’s surface. The incision marks gradually heal and disappear. This procedure improves your legs’ appearance.

Varicose veins can’t return after they’ve been removed — but you can still develop new varicose veins

Once the varicose veins are removed, they can’t return. Since endovenous laser ablation addresses the root cause of varicose veins, the risk of vein disease recurrence is negligible. While the same varicose veins can’t return, you may develop new varicose veins if another one of your vein valves collapses, so the risk of varicose veins returning can’t be ruled out.

New York Vein Treatment provides comprehensive treatments to minimize the risk of varicose veins returning

New York Vein Treatment is a group of state-of-the-art medical centers for vein treatment in New York City. Our board-certified doctors always diagnose the root cause of your varicose veins and curate a personalized vein treatment plan that minimizes the risk of varicose veins returning. Our comprehensive approach to vein care ensures safe and reliable results with a negligible risk of vein disease recurrence.

New York Vein Treatment has state-of-the-art offices in Midtown Manhattan and the Financial District. Our vein treatment center in Midtown Manhattan is close to the Empire State Building and Bryant Park. Our vein treatment center in the Financial District is close to the New York Stock Exchange. If you have varicose veins or other symptoms of vein disease, please schedule an appointment for your vein treatment in New York.

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What is the main cause of varicose veins?

Chronic venous insufficiency is the main cause of varicose veins. Venous insufficiency leads to backward blood circulation and the accumulation of blood in leg veins, which leads to vascular dilation and the formation of varicose veins.

Is laser treatment for varicose veins permanent?

Endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins is permanent — the varicose veins can’t return after they’ve been removed. But you can still develop new varicose veins if another one of your vein valves malfunctions.

How often do varicose veins come back?

The recurrence of varicose veins occurs in approximately 20% of all patients. The risk of varicose veins returning increases with time. However, our vein doctors maintain a negligible rate of recurrence because of a comprehensive vein treatment approach.

How can I prevent varicose veins recurrence?

There are no definitive means to prevent the recurrence of varicose veins. But the following lifestyle changes can minimize the risk of recurrent varicose veins:

  • Wear compression stockings regularly
  • Elevate your legs above your heart’s level while sitting down
  • Prop up your legs on a pillow while sleeping
  • Don’t sit or stand still for long periods of time
  • Walk frequently
  • Engage in cardiovascular activities — running, swimming, biking, etc.

What is the success rate of laser treatment for varicose veins?

Endovenous laser ablation is one of the most effective varicose vein treatments, with a success rate of 98% and a negligible risk of complications.

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She has extensive experience with vein performing procedures based on New York City.

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She is an Internal Medicine and Vein Disease specialist with experience in minimally invasive treatments at our Long Island clinic.

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