The legs are one of the most common problem areas for spider veins and varicose veins. These veins can range from tiny networks of blue veins to large, bulging veins wider than the width of a finger. No matter the size and type, the vein therapy experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego offer a cutting-edge treatment for leg veins to meet your needs.
What Causes Varicose Leg Veins?
Visible varicose veins in the legs are caused by the presence of a damaged or weakened valve in the vein. When vein valves become weak, the blood will be able to leak backward and collect in the vein. As more and more blood collects in the leg veins, the vein becomes larger and more visible.
While some spider veins and varicose veins are the results of a genetic predisposition, there are several measures one can take to try to prevent noticeable leg veins. For instance, exercising regularly in San Diego and managing weight can help prevent the development of spider veins. It is also important to limit the amount of time you are sitting or standing, and not cross your legs while sitting for a long period of time. You can also keep your legs elevated while resting, wear support stockings, and not wear clothing that is too tight.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
One of the most popular and effective treatments for eliminating leg veins is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure in which one of our sclerotherapy experts injects a medication known as a sclerosing agent into the unwanted vein through a very fine needle. The sclerosing agent causes them to shrink and dissolve. They will continue to dissolve and disappear over the next few weeks while the body absorbs them.
After your sclerotherapy treatment, you will wear a compression stocking or bandage over the treatment area, and we recommend that you walk as regularly as possible for about 2 weeks following your treatment so that the sclerosing agent effectively flows through. Sclerotherapy side effects are minimal, with some patients experiencing itching, redness, and/or bruising of the treatment area.
From start to finish, we use the most advanced technology available to achieve optimal results for your varicose vein treatment. Using the Terason imaging system, our board-certified vein experts are able to gain the necessary information before the treatment begins. Using the specific details gathered from the Terason technology, our doctors are able to tailor the vein treatment to meet your specific needs and achieve the most effective results.
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Phlebectomy for Varicose Veins
Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove unsightly, bulging leg veins that are larger than finger-width. If you are a candidate for phlebectomy, the procedure will be performed in the office under local anesthesia. The doctor will make a tiny incision near the bulging varicose vein and carefully remove it. There is little pain associated with this procedure since the patient is under local anesthesia and there is little to no downtime. Phlebectomy patients will need to wear a compression stocking following the varicose vein procedure and may experience slight bruising and/or swelling for a short period after treatment.
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Varicose Vein FAQs
Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego we understand you are likely to have questions about treating leg veins. Our vein specialists have taken the time to answer some of the questions they hear most frequently about leg veins to help you decide if these vein treatments are right for you. Please contact our office for more information on sclerotherapy and phlebectomy for leg veins.
Q: What is the best treatment for varicose veins or spider veins on the legs?
A: Sclerotherapy is generally the most effective treatment for varicose and spider veins on the legs. Our board-certified dermatologists are sclerotherapy experts who see remarkable results. Lasers are not generally used to treat leg veins at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology since sclerotherapy has proven to be so effective, however, lasers may be used after sclerotherapy for optimal results. If your leg veins are very wide and raised, phlebectomy may be your best treatment option. Contact us today for a consultation to see which treatment is best for you.
Q: What is the difference between varicose veins and spider veins?
A: Both varicose veins and spider veins commonly appear on the legs. Varicose veins are large, bulging leg veins that are blue or dark purple in color. These usually require phlebectomy if larger than the width of a finger. Spider veins, on the other hand, are small red or blue that look like thin branches or have a spider web appearance. These are often quite thin and can appear on the legs, face, and chest.
Q: What is the cost of sclerotherapy?
A: The cost of your leg vein treatment, whether it is sclerotherapy or phlebectomy, will depend on your individual condition. We recommend you schedule a consultation with our sclerotherapy doctors so that they can assess your leg veins and develop a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.
Q: Am I a candidate for sclerotherapy?
A: If you are unhappy with the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins on your legs, you may be a candidate for sclerotherapy. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with the San Diego sclerotherapy experts.
Q: Why Cosmetic Laser Dermatology for leg vein treatment?
A: Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our Medical Director and founder Dr. Mitchel Goldman is a renowned sclerotherapy treatment expert who was involved in the initial sclerotherapy studies and has written a widely-used textbook on the topic. Our board-certified dermatologists have a long track record of success and about 90% of our patients only require 1 sclerotherapy treatment, as compared to the 3-6 treatment national average!
For more information on treatment for veins on legs, visit WebMD.com.
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Contact the San Diego Varicose Vein Specialists Today
If you are sick of covering up your legs because you are embarrassed by your spider or varicose veins, call Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today. Our vein therapy experts in San Diego are among the best in the field and would love to give you back the youthful looking legs you’ve been dreaming of! Contact us at (858) 365-3622 now to schedule your appointment for spider vein treatment!
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