Laser Vein Treatment
The goal of laser vein treatment is for the vessel to be selectively heated up and destroyed without injuring the surrounding tissue. The combination of laser and RF energies heats up the vessel wall and causes the collapse of the vessel. The Polaris LV combine a diode laser at 900 nm and bipolar conducted radio-frequency. The laser energy is absorbed by the hemoglobin in vascular ectasias and unwanted leg veins resulting in selective photo-thermal effect on the target vessel. The radio-frequency energy is conducted through the dermis and further heats up the target vessel without causing any collateral injury to the dermis or epidermis. The Polaris LV has been shown to successfully treat vessels from fine blood vessels to veins up to 4 mm in diameter.
The wavelength of the Polaris is well suited to target the vessels without impacting the epidermal melanin barrier adversely, so even slightly pigmented skin types may be safely treated. However, if there is a deep/dark tan present in the skin the increased melanin content in the epidermis may compete for absorption. It is recommended to defer treatment until the dark tan fades.
What is the Polaris LV?
The Polaris LV combines safe and effective levels of laser and radio-frequency (electric current) energies to remove leg veins and other unwanted vessels. Both laser and radio-frequency has been used separately for decades in medicine and surgery, but the Polaris exclusively combines light and electric energy for ideal treatment outcomes to improve leg veins and vascular lesions with very low risk of side effects.
What can I expect from Polaris LV Treatments?
The Polaris LV can improve unsightly leg veins and other unwanted vascular lesions. Spider veins and larger blue-green vessels on legs will gradually fade and can be treated until patient satisfaction has been reached. Facial spider veins can also be treated with the Polaris LV.
How many treatments are required?
Most patients will have between 1-3 treatments 6-8 weeks apart. Some vessels may require more than 3 treatment sessions. Smaller spider veins may be treated every 4 weeks.
How long do treatment take?
Each treatment session typically takes between 20-45 minutes.
Does treatment hurt?
The sensation may be described as a “hot pinch” like someone snapping an elastic band on the skin. Patients tolerate the treatment well by use of either cooling the skin during treatment and/or use of a topical anesthetic cream that numbs the skin.
Who should be treated with the Polaris LV?
Anyone with unwanted leg veins or vascular lesions may be a candidate for treatment with the Polaris LV. Removal of vascular lesions and veins is safe and effective alternative for patients who want non-invasive approach to vascular treatment. The Polaris LV is the clear choice for patients who do not like needles or who have had adverse reaction to solutions that are injected into the vein during Sclerotherapy. Your clinician will determine individual suitability for the Polaris LV treatment during the consultation.