Laser Vein Removal / Bluelight Instructions
Pre Treatment Instructions
- In order to avoid skin discoloration, avoid deep tanning (tanning beds, tanning creams), four to six weeks prior to the treatment. If you must be in the sun, use a sunscreen SPF 30 or greater.
- Shave the area to be treated within 12 hours prior to the treatment if necessary.
- Recommended: Bring support hose 20-30 psi to your appointment. You may purchase these at a medical supply store or pharmacy.
- Laser vein removal is not recommended for you if you are breastfeeding or pregnant or allergic to heat or cold. Consulting with a doctor is important before finalizing any major decisions.
- Always tell your physician about any medical conditions that you may have so as to customize an ideal treatment plan for you.
- Do not schedule important social activities, meetings, etc. immediately after the procedure. The majority of patients do not have any adverse effects from laser vein removal treatments.
- Do your daily workout before your appointment for Laser vein removal.
- Do Not Use aspirin, alcohol, NSAID’s (ibuprofen, Naprosyn, etc.), vitamin E, Gingko, and St. John’s wart for 10 days prior to treatment. It is recommended that two Tylenol be taken one hour prior to the procedure.
- If you have a history of perioral herpes (cold sores) and you are having your face treated, prophylactic antiviral therapy must be started prior to treatment and continued one week after treatment.
What to Expect
- Slight, temporary stinging, throbbing, burning sensation, redness, swelling, bruising, and excess fullness in the treated area may last for a few minutes to days.
- If you are not experiencing any reaction after treatment, that’s normal too.
- Expect some redness and swelling which may convert to “cat scratch” scabs for 2-3 weeks.
- Leg vein resolution usually takes about 8-12 weeks. At the end of this process some vessels may be gone while others may be lighter or not affected.
- The risk of any side effect depends on the area(s) treated.
Post Treatment Care
- Small swelling and irritation that occur in the treated areas after the procedure are normal.
- You may apply cool compresses on the treated area to reduce swelling, tenderness, and bruising for a short period.
- Compression garments may be beneficial after treatment to improve the results and to decrease the risks of complications such as pigmentation, edema, and deep vein thrombosis. Graduated compression stockings with strengths of 20-30 mm Hg (class I) or 30-40 mm Hg (class II) should be worn the first night and then daily for 1-3 weeks, depending on the vessel size treated.
- You may shower a few hours after treatment. However, be sure to use lukewarm water and mild soap. Pat dry the skin and keep the treated area moisturized after showering.
- You must perform mild lower extremity exercises such as walking immediately following treatment and then on a daily basis.
- Do not use drying astringents, exfoliants, irritants, scrubs, or shavers on the treated area during the healing process as this may cause irritation or even worse, damage your sensitive skin.
- If you have to expose the treated area to the sun, especially within the first 2 weeks, make sure you use sun block (30 SPF or higher).
- Avoid aggressive exercise or activity for up to 48 hours.
- Side effects such as blistering, scarring, or extended healing time may occur, especially if you fail to follow the given instructions.
- You can use moisturizers, deodorants, or even make up after treatment.
- For approximately 48 hours after treatment (or until bruising is reduced):
- Avoid extensive sun or heat exposure
- Avoid strenuous exercises and sauna or getting a massage
- Avoid hot showers, baths or hot tubs
- Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol has a tendency to worsen swelling and bruising
- Make sure that you drink plenty of water.
Your next visit
- Return for your next treatment every 4-8 weeks to maintain results or as recommended by your physician.
When to Call
- If you have increased swelling, scabbing, or bruising, worsening after 48 hours
- If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
- If you have severe or increased pain.
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.