As we age, it’s common for the veins on our legs to become more visible and, sometimes, large, bulging varicose veins form. These large leg veins can be embarrassing and cause people to keep their legs covered up, but the doctors at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology have a solution. A phlebectomy by our vein specialists in San Diego can safely eliminate large varicose veins on the legs and restore your legs’ youthful appearance!
What is a Phlebectomy?
A phlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which large leg veins, greater than the width of a finger, are removed. Often referred to as ambulatory phlebectomy or stab phlebectomy, this procedure is performed in-office by our board-certified dermatologists who specialize in advanced vein therapy. We are actually one of the few practices in San Diego offering phlebectomy. Our experts have performed thousands of treatments and are among the best in the world!
The procedure is performed with the use of tumescent anesthesia, which means that the anesthetic is delivered right to the unwanted veins before removal. The doctor will then make tiny incisions above the bulging veins through which he/she will remove the veins. It is also common for our vein experts to use sclerotherapy or the CoolTouch CTEV laser in conjunction with the phlebectomy procedure to provide optimal results. Patients will need to wear compression stockings after treatment, but downtime is minimal and our doctors will give you thorough instructions to help you through the short recovery period.
Dr. Goldman Demonstrates the Vein Removal Procedure
Who is a Candidate for Vein Treatment?
The best candidates for San Diego phlebectomy are those patients who have bulging varicose veins on the legs that are wider than finger-width. Schedule a consultation with one of our vein experts today to see if phlebectomy is the right solution for your varicose leg veins.
Why Cosmetic Laser Dermatology for Varicose Vein Treatment?
We house some of the most esteemed vein specialists in the country here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego. In fact, our Medical Director Mitchel P. Goldman, MD, is a well-known authority on the subject of vein therapy and has written several widely used medical textbooks on the topic. The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology pride themselves on providing cutting-edge treatments with a high level of patient care.
It is common for prospective patients to have a lot of questions about the variety of vein treatments available. If you are interested in learning more about the phlebectomy procedure, read through the answers to some frequently asked questions below or call our office today. We look forward to speaking with you!
Q: Is phlebectomy painful?
A: Our doctors do all they can to make your vein treatment as comfortable as possible. The phlebectomy procedure utilizes tumescent anesthesia to numb the veins before they are removed so that the patient does not feel the incisions or removal. There may be some slight discomfort after the procedure, but this typically does not last long and side effects are minimal.
Q: Can you explain phlebectomy vs. sclerotherapy?
A: Stab phlebectomy, or ambulatory phlebectomy, is the minimally invasive surgical removal of large, bulging leg veins. Sclerotherapy, on the other hand, is a procedure in which a sclerosing agent is injected into spider veins to shrink the veins and cause them to dissolve. Sclerotherapy can be performed on spider veins on the legs, hands, and chest. To determine which procedure is right for your particular vein condition, schedule a consultation today.
Q: When will I see phlebectomy results?
A: Many patients see a noticeable difference right after their phlebectomy procedure because the varicose veins have been removed. It is not until all swelling, bruising, and redness diminishes, though, that patients will see the final results. You will only need to wear compression stockings for a few weeks before you will see your younger looking, vein-free legs!
Q: How much does phlebectomy cost?
A: The cost of vein treatments will depend on the individual, the size and location of the veins, and the amount of veins that need to be treated. The cost of your phlebectomy procedure can be determined once the doctor has created your customized treatment plan.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Generally, our doctors can remove the unwanted leg veins in just one treatment. However, additional treatments may be required if the patient develops more varicose veins in the future.
Contact the San Diego Vein Specialists For More Information
If you are tired of covering up your legs because of unsightly varicose veins, contact the vein specialists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today to schedule your consultation. Our board-certified dermatologists in San Diego offer a variety of cutting-edge vein therapy procedures to meet your needs. Call our office now at (858) 365-3622; we are waiting to hear from you!
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