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EVLA Treatment

What is Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLA) Treatment?

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), also known as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficiency. EVLA uses laser radiation to shut and seal the affected veins from the inside out. EVLA is generally regarded as a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins. It has various advantages over typical vein stripping, such as a shorter recovery time, less scarring, and a lower risk of problems. By speaking with a knowledgeable specialist, you can examine your specific problem and determine whether EVLA treatment is required. They can provide precise information on the procedure, including any risks, benefits, and predicted outcomes.
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Is EVLA treatment effective for varicose veins?

Yes, EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) is a viable therapy option for varicose veins. It has become a popular and widely recognised alternative to traditional surgical techniques such as vein removal due to its efficacy and minimally invasive nature. EVLA treatment has been shown to have a high success rate in closing and curing varicose veins. The technique is most successful for saphenous veins, which are larger, straighter veins and are the most prevalent underlying cause of varicose veins.

Is EVLA treatment suitable for all types of varicose veins?

The EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) method is primarily used to treat saphenous vein reflux, which is a common cause of varicose veins. However, it may not be suitable for all varicose vein types. The suitability of EVLA is determined by various parameters, including the size, location, and underlying aetiology of the veins.

How Does EVLA treatment work?

How many sessions of EVLA treatment are typically required?

The number of EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) therapy sessions required can be influenced by factors such as the severity of the varicose veins, the size and number of veins being treated, and the individual’s response to the process. A single EVLA session is often enough to correct saphenous vein reflux and improve the appearance of varicose veins. However, further treatment sessions may be necessary for best results, especially if there are several veins or the veins are exceptionally wide or extensive.

How long does an EVLA treatment session typically take?

An EVLA treatment session usually lasts between 30 minutes and an hour.


EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatments usually cause only minor discomfort or suffering. To numb the treatment region and assure the patient’s comfort, local anaesthetic is used.
EVLA may cause pain and discomfort, bruising and tenderness, edoema and inflammation, numbness or altered feeling, skin pigmentation, skin burns or blisters, and blood clots.
When compared to traditional surgical methods, the recovery period after EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment for varicose veins is often shorter. Individual experiences may vary, but the majority of patients can expect a pretty quick recovery.
The majority of patients can resume regular activities almost soon following EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment. Unlike traditional varicose vein surgery procedures, EVLA is a minimally invasive procedure that often allows for a faster recovery.
The outcomes of EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment for varicose veins are usually permanent, but new varicose veins can form over time. While EVLA efficiently closes up the treated vasculature, the creation of new veins can be influenced by genetics, lifestyle choices, hormone fluctuations, and ageing.
EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) therapy is not usually recommended for pregnant women. The body goes through a number of hormonal and physiological changes during pregnancy that might lead to the onset or worsening of varicose veins. However, EVLA treatment is usually delayed until after pregnancy and lactation are over.
Yes, depending on the specific needs and characteristics of the varicose veins being treated, EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) treatment can be coupled with other vein treatments. Combining therapy has the potential to improve results and address many aspects of venous disease.

There are certain lesions that can be treated in just one session, and these include the so-called liver or age spots, benign lentigo and freckles. However, for lesions with deeper lying pigment, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary e.g. pigmented birthmarks, such as café-au-lait spots.

Laser treatments are usually scheduled at 6-week intervals, but often just one session is sufficient, depending on your individual response. IPL treatments may be repeated every 3-4 weeks for a course of 4 sessions.

You may experience a warm, stinging sensation in the area treated during the procedure. The treatment usually takes between 15 to 30 minutes.

Immediately after treatment, the treated area becomes darker, crusts and peels off over 1 to 2 weeks, leaving a pinkish area of new skin lasting several more weeks. Significant fading can continue for up to 6 months after treatment in some cases.


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Here at Kent’s leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience.

Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.


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