On the Day of Your Laser Procedure:
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
When you arrive, you will be asked to change into a pair of comfortable shorts that we provide you. If you choose, you may bring your own loose-fitting shorts.
Next, our vein specialist or our ultrasound technologist may perform a brief ultrasound scan and mark areas of interest on your leg. You are now are ready for our unique 4-step numbing process.
4-Step Numbing Process
Step 1Starting even before your procedure begins, we apply a cream to the skin on your leg. This cream is produced especially for us, and begins the numbing process while preparing your veins for a smooth procedure.
Step 2Immediately before any needle touches your skin, we utilize a special spray which further numbs the surface of your skin, further removing any discomfort.
Step 3While injecting more numbing medicine into the skin, we use a special technique which numbs the skin area for the next injection. That way, your skin is numbed from outside and in.
Step 4Just before the laser is used, we surround the problem vein with a special medicine which numbs, and provides a protective barrier between your vein and the surrounding tissue. Now, numbing is complete, and the laser energy is safely contained right where it needs to be.
Needle-free Numbing System
If you are uncomfortable with needles, Alsara Clinic offers a breakthrough needle-free numbing system. Instead of a needle, a pressurized numbing medication is injected through the skin pores using gas pressure. This system replaces Steps 2 & 3 indicated above.
After numbing, the next step is the actual use of the laser. This is a quick and painless procedure. As a bonus, we give you a very cool pair of glasses to wear (to protect your eyes from the laser) and a lollipop of your choice (to help alleviate a peculiar metallic taste that is sometimes experienced during the procedure).
Before You Go Home (or Shopping!)
As soon as your laser treatment is complete, we will obtain some ultrasound images to ensure the target vein was treated successfully (yes, the effect is that fast) and help you with dressing and stockings. You are now good to go back to work (or shopping!)
We will go over the easy-to-follow instructions before you leave our office.
You are welcome to resume normal activities immediately, including walking, low-impact activities, standing, or lifting moderate weights. In fact, staying active is crucial in keeping your calf muscles (leg pump) working. Now that we have shut down some of the bad veins in your superficial venous system, the good veins in your deep venous system will take over and rely on the pumping mechanism of your calf muscles more than ever before.
Although you are not quite ready for a marathon or heavyweight championship (or our Hot Leg Competition!), you will likely notice improvement as early as the night of the procedure. So go ahead and enjoy your legs!
In case you forgot to ask us something or have any concerns, there is no need to worry. We will call you the day after your procedure to check and see how you are doing and answer any additional questions.
On the Day of Your Non-Laser Procedure:
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (USGS) or Spider Treatment
We will offer you a pair of comfortable shorts or you can bring your own loose-fitting shorts. Ultrasound and/or Vein Lite is typically used to identify and mark the areas needing treatment. One or more numbing tools may be used to reduce all possible discomfort. These procedures require less time and preparation than Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA). Our vein specialist will treat you and determine a follow-up plan. All instructions are provided before you leave the office.
You will receive a follow-up phone call the day after the procedure to check on you and answer any additional questions.