Cosmetic doctors are able to treat a variety of physical ailments through a number of techniques, including laser treatment, sclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and more. Veins carry deoxygenated blood back to our heart. In the legs, blood is collected in the superficial veins, just below the skin’s surface and is delivered to the deeper veins that run within the calf muscles. The muscular action and power of the calves help to pump the blood upward against gravity towards the heart.
One-way valves inside the veins prevent the blood from traveling backward. If there is some sort of malfunction or damage to these valves, varicose or spider veins can begin to form. These veins can, however, be treated effectively through a procedure known as laser vein treatment. This treatment is widely popular and extremely effective. As a cosmetic doctor, Dr Omarjee is able to provide this procedure to his patients, ensuring they achieve their desired results.
Laser vein treatment is a nonsurgical procedure that focuses on the skin to treat affected veins. Laser vein treatment is an effective procedure for treating spider veins and tiny varicose veins just under the skin’s surface. Often, more than one laser session is required to achieve optimal results and they are scheduled every four week*s as prescribed by Dr Omarjee. If a patient has poor blood circulation feeding these tiny veins, the larger ‘feeder’ vein must be treated first with laser treatment. At The DOC Clinic, Dr Omarjee and his dedicated team, utilise a range of different technologies and applications to treat various vein conditions. Dr Omarjee has recently welcomed a number of new lasers including the Nd: YAG laser.
The Nd: YAG laser has a wavelength of 1064nm and has the capability to reach any deeper layers of dermal tissue than any other type of laser. The Nd: YAG laser produces a wavelength in the infrared range (1064nm), which has a high affinity for the pigment in haemoglobin (a blood protein), a process called selective photothermolysis. The lasers Dr Omarjee uses, work by emitting a wavelength of high-energy light, which when focused on a particular skin condition will create heat and destroy diseased cells (e.g. blood vessels, spider veins) rejuvenating the affected area and providing the patient with their desired results.
After an initial consultation, Dr Omarjee and his team of professionals will schedule your appointment for the laser vein treatment. On the day of the procedure, they will also prepare you for your treatment accordingly. It is important that each patient wears eye protection throughout the treatment session, regardless of the location of the affected area. Laser vein treatment typically consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. Many patients are said to experience mild discomfort, however through the application of a topical anaesthetic, this does alleviate a majority of the pain.
Side effects associated with laser vein treatment are usually minor and may include:
Treatment time depends on the form, size and location of the vascular lesions, as well as the skin type of the patient. Typically, smaller vessels can be removed in one to three sessions*, however, for larger veins, both spider and varicose veins, several sessions* may be required for patients to achieve their desired results.
The consultation fee for a potential laser vein treatment is $120 (Medicare rebates may be available).
For laser treatments of vascular lesions on the body or face (Nd: YAG), a Medicare rebate is available. For example, patients can claim a partial refund of the treatment cost from Medicare if the lesions are on the face or neck, for example, vascular red spots, red spider veins, redness of cheeks, etc.
If there are vascular lesions on other areas (chest, back, abdomen, arms, legs, etc.), a Medicare rebate is not involved. However, it is to be noted that if one lesion is on the face or neck and others elsewhere (back, legs, etc.), Medicare is still available simply because a facial lesion was treated with the laser to improve spotting, lesions or spider veins.
The exact Medicare refund per treatment (if a doctor performs the procedure) is $129.65. If the patient exceeds their Medicare Safety Net (which they can find out by asking Medicare), they receive 80% of the total out of pocket expenses. Patients are eligible to have six treatments for facial and neck vascular treatments in a 12-month period. It is then reset and you may qualify for another six treatments.
To find out more about particular pricing laser vein treatments at The DOC Clinic, Dr Omarjee will discuss more with you during your first consultation. Contact Dr Omarjee and his team of professionals on 03 9021 6022 or at [email protected]
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* Results will vary from person to person and with various degrees of efficacy.