Below you will find answers to questions we frequently receive. Vascular patients at The Vein Institute & MediSpa in Humble, Texas find this information helpful. Should you need further assistance, please call us at (281) 312-0208 and we will happily answer your questions.
Patients should wait at least three months after pregnancy or major surgery before being treated for vein disease. Persons with deep vein thrombosis or incompetence, and patients who cannot ambulate for other reasons are not good candidates for treatment.
Because there are many veins in the leg, the blood that would have flowed through the closed vein simply flows through other healthy veins after the procedure. The loss of the diseased vein is not a problem for the circulatory system.
Varicose veins generally worsen over time. Initially, slight pain and restlessness in the diseased leg will be felt. If untreated, this pain will increase and result in limitations in walking and cramps during sleeping. Eventually, varicose veins can lead to open sores on the foot, blood clots, and tissue loss.
Fortunately, sclerotherapy and endovenous laser therapy have rarely been associated with any serious complications when properly performed. Common minor complications of these procedures include bruising, mild itching, tingling, tenderness, and tightness in the treated leg for up to two weeks after the treatment.
Many insurance companies cover the treatment of vein disease that is associated with substantial pain and other complications, but individual insurance companies may limit the types of therapy that are covered.
A very small cannula (tube) approximately 1.0mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering the laser's energy directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and easily drain away. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis, resulting in skin shrinkage or tightening.
Due to the cannula's small size, SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising — and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe, with only minimal side effects.
The benefits of SmartLipo include:
- Treats unwanted fat and fat tissue irregularities
- Promotes tissue coagulation resulting in skin tissue tightening
- Improves flabby or lax skin and areas of high vascularity
- Minimal edema and bleeding due to the laser's hemostatic properties
- Minimal bruising
- Causes less trauma and faster healing time than traditional liposuction
- Improves the appearance of cellulite, to some degree but doesn't treat cellulite specifically
Yes! The SmartLipo procedure permanently destroys the treated fat cells. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, that person's fat cells simply expand.
If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you're a candidate for SmartLipo. Ideal candidates are in good health, of normal body weight and have realistic expectations for the results.
SmartLipo is a great adjunct to traditional liposuction procedures, although it does not replace conventional liposuction. It is ideal for treating small areas of the neck, arms, knees and small areas of loose skin.
For most patients, typically only one treatment is required. The session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated. Laserlipolysis is also an ideal choice for "touch ups" and revisions.
After the treatment you will need to wear a compression garment for 3-4 weeks, depending on the body areas being treated. Rest is recommended after the procedure and activity may be resumed gradually. Most patients will relax for several days post-surgery and will resume further activities as their body feels more comfortable.