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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment vs Laser Vein Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment vs Laser Vein Treatment

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment vs Laser Vein Treatment when Treating Spider Veins?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is a common treatment for spider veins, used as an alternative to more conventional treatment methods like laser vein treatment. The difference being in the actual use of the laser. For example, vein specialists generally use laser treatment to get rid of deeper veins by feeding the laser into the veins, but may also use laser to treat visible spider and reticular veins. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is another method of providing a very similar treatment but is only really used for surface veins (i.e. veins that are visible at the surface of the skin). Intense Pulsed Light treatment requires no downtime, and can be performed in an office setting with the non-invasive treatments lasting 15-45 minutes depending on the nature of the veins needing treatment.

How does Intense Pulsed Light Treatment work?

IPL works to treat smaller spider veins by essentially devolving the excess blood in the veins that has pooled intense_pulsed_light-treatmentnear the surface of the skin as a result of an underlying issue of venous disease, or because of general wear and tear, sports related injuries, etc. During the actual treatment, the light is directed precisely at the desired area, emitting a controlled amount of heat through various pulses to the veins. The nature of the procedure, if performed by an experienced sclerotherapist or board certified vein specialist, produces no damage to the surrounding areas, and once completed the body then reabsorbs the damaged veins back into the blood stream eventually disappearing altogether. Generally, IPL feels like a slight pinching sensation, but the discomfort is minor.

Results and Side Effects of IPL.

After the completion of you Intense Pulsed Light treatment, you experience some redness or bruising, and the skin may feel bumpy, but these symptoms only last a few days. However, because IPL is non-invasive you can return to normal daily activities immediately after. While this treatment method is very effective, you may be required to undergo multiple treatment sessions to accomplish your desired results depending on the area being treated.

The Importance of finding a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Disease Specialist.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Disease Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).


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