Laser Vein Treatment
What is Laser Vein Therapy/Treatment?
Laser vein therapy is a procedure that works by gently firing lights, or lasers, at blood vessels found beneath the surface of the skin. It is, for the most part, a pain-free procedure, effectively serving to produce the collagen that allows blood vessels to dissipate naturally.
Laser vein therapy can be carried out over the course of anywhere between one to two months; the number of treatments necessary will depend on the patient, including factors relating to the size of the vein and how the skin reacts to initial treatments. A favourable reaction to laser therapy generally requires fewer treatments. Treatments can last from anywhere between a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the size of the vein.
Moreover, a majority of veins can be removed permanently, but may require periodical treatments to ensure that the desired results are maintained.
Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centres in Melbourne and Geelong use a form of laser vein therapy which improves the efficiency and effectiveness of laser vein treatments. Speak to one of our experienced specialists for more information on laser vein therapy at a Cosmetic & Laser Medical Centre in Melbourne or Geelong.
Should I get Laser Vein Therapy?
Laser vein therapy is an extremely effective procedure that can achieve significant results in vein visibility reduction in a relatively short amount of time. It can clear any troublesome or unattractive veins, ensuring that you’ll never have to resort to covering up ghastly, confidence-sapping veins. Best of all, as laser vein therapy doesn’t include any surgical procedures, you won’t have to endure any prolonged recovery times, allowing you to get on with your life without hassle.
Laser Vein Therapy Facts
Laser vein treatments are an increasingly common procedure in dealing with unsightly and protruding veins. If you’re not familiar with laser vein therapy, we’ve compiled some statistics and facts to help you gain a better understanding of how many people have taken advantage of this method to treat their veins.
In 2009, there were roughly 220,000 laser vein treatments, compared the 246,000 procedures that took place in 2000. The number of total laser vein treatments that were done in in 2009 is slightly lower than the number of treatments carried out in 2000. Furthermore, the 2009 figure is also slightly down on the previous year (2008) at 222,000, suggesting that there was a trend developing toward fewer laser vein treatments being done year on year. Between 2000 and 2009 there was a 10 per cent reduction in laser vein treatments, while the difference between 2009 and 2008 showed a 1 per cent reduction.
Now, you may be wondering why these trends seem to suggest that laser vein therapy is becoming less popular. Digging deeper, however, allows us to form a different picture altogether –the answer lies in not the number opting for laser vein therapy overall, but the demographics of the people undertaking the treatment.
Of the 220,000 laser vein treatments performed in 2009, females accounted for 88 per cent of the total figure, numbering 193,000. Clearly there is an overrepresentation of women who were seeking treatment for leg veins compared to men. This is perhaps understandable in that women are likelier to be more self-conscious about unattractive veins than men, which helps to explain the significant disproportion between the two sets of numbers.
Perhaps the most interesting figure among women lies in the fact that between 2000 and 2009, the number of women getting leg vein treatments increased by 28 per cent. While the total number of treatments had gone down slightly, the number of women undertaking laser vein therapy had increased.
Among males, the number of men who opted for laser vein treatments accounted for 27,000 of the total of 220,000. This figure represents 12 per cent of the total percentage compared to women. The relatively small number of men seeking treatments for leg veins is the primary cause in the drop that took place between 2000 and 2009. In other words, the only reasons the numbers had dropped since 2000 is because fewer men were undertaking the treatments, while women picked up the slack.
When broken down into age groups, we begin to see how aesthetic considerations play a significant role in leg vein treatment decisions. The number of treatments performed on patients aged 13-19 was roughly 20,000 in 2009. For patients aged between 20 and 29, that number rose to 27,000, while patients over the age of 40 accounted for 70,000 of total treatments. However, the most interesting, and significant, age group are people aged between 30 and 39.
We’ve already seen that females hold a significant share of total leg vein treatments. We can infer from these two sets of statistics that it is the appearance of leg veins, rather than other any discomfort resulting from the veins, that is the primary cause leading people to seek treatments. Comparatively, the 30-39 demographic is still young, and is more likely to not only be more self-conscious of leg veins, but equally likely to act to find a solution for removing them.
It should be noted that this correlation may also be a result of this particular age group developing more leg veins than the 20-29 age group, which we presume would be equally self-conscious about leg veins. In either case, both are likely to consider the implications of leg veins on their psychological wellbeing.
Finally, of the full range of cosmetic treatments undertaken in 2009 – inclusive of laser and non-laser treatments – vein therapy accounted for 2 per cent. While 2 per cent of the total number of cosmetic treatments seems like a fraction, it amounted to a staggering $88m in revenue.