Leg Vein Treatments

Spider veins are small, superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue in the skin. Although they may occur anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the face and legs. They are not a health hazard and rarely cause symptoms. The exact cause of spider veins is unknown although heredity, pregnancy, hormonal influences and prolonged standing are believed to be primary factors. They may appear after an injury or as a result of wearing hosiery held up with elastic bands. Spider veins on the nose and cheeks of fair-skinned people may also be related to sun exposure. Spider veins can be reduced significantly through a simple office procedure called sclerotherapy or with laser treatments.


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Since the 1920’s, sclerotherapy has been considered the gold standard treatment for spider veins on the legs. A sclerosing solution is injected with a tiny needle into the veins causing them to seal shut and eventually become absorbed. The work of carrying the blood is shifted to other healthy blood vessels nearby. It is a very cost-effective procedure that rarely leaves a scar or produces adverse effects and is done in our office. After several treatments you can expect about 80 to 90% of the treated vessels to be gone for good.

Laser Treatment

Today’s new medical lasers provide a safe and effective alternative for the removal of spider veins. A precise dose of light energy is delivered to the targeted veins in a series of brief pulses. The light energy is converted to heat within the blood vessels but not the surrounding tissue. This causes the blood vessels to coagulate and become absorbed by your body. Laser treatments are especially effective for facial spider veins and leg veins that are too small for sclerotherapy treatment.

Treatment of Facial Veins

Veins on the face can be safely and effectively treated with either lasers or electrocautery. These procedures are only mildly uncomfortable and take just seconds. Small scabs form which then fall off within a few days. Both lasers and electrocautery produce immediate improvement once the scabs have healed. In most cases only one treatment is necessary.

What is Recovery Like?

Following treatment of leg veins you may be asked to wear support hose to help compress the veins. This will help the treated veins remain closed. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. A tan or brownish pigment may persist from several weeks to several months, especially when larger veins are involved. Most normal activities can be resumed immediately, although you should refrain from vigorous activities for the first 24 hours. Your final results may not be apparent for several months.

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