Can you have laser hair removal if you have varicose veins
Hair removal for legs | 12 June 2020

Can you have laser hair removal if you have varicose veins?

Yes, you can have laser hair removal if you have varicose veins. During treatment, it is essential that the laser is not pulsed directly over these veins. We can work around these areas but it is important that the areas where these veins are protruding the skin are avoided. 

Varicose veins are very common, they can be caused by hereditary factors. People who sit for long periods or have inactive lifestyles can develop these over time. 

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged, swollen and twisted. They are most common in the legs but can occur in other areas also. For most people, these aren’t cause for concern however these can become quite painful and uncomfortable if they are severe.  Spider veins are also common on the leg area, varicose veins are different. Varicose veins protrude through the skin, spider veins don’t. 

Different types of veins

Why varicose veins should be avoided during a treatment with laser hair removal?

When laser hair removal is performed the laser pulses high intensities of light and heat into the skin. Because these varicose veins protrude the skin they tend to feel quite sensitive to touch. If a laser is used over these areas it may cause an adverse reaction so they must be avoided. It is essential to inform the clinic you are attending that you have these so a note can be put on your file so that therapists are aware of the location of these veins.  You can have laser hair removal if you have varicose veins, we will make sure to avoid these during each treatment you have with us. 

If you have any other questions about varicose veins please contact our dedicated team of laser hair removal specialists. Our consultations are free of charge and take approx. 30 minutes. Contact us today about laser.


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