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For roughly half of the adult population, showing skin also means showing embarrassing veins—tiny red “spider veins” as well as larger varicose veins—which makes the thought of shorts and short skirts far less appealing. Until fairly recently, having legs with large visible veins meant you had only two major options: sign up for surgery or cover them up. But today you can have all but the biggest varicosities treated with in-office procedures that are nearly painless and can deliver great results—meaning you’ll be showing those legs in no time.
Happily, new advances mean that doctors can treat all but the biggest veins with simple in-office procedures. The first, called sclerotherapy, involves the injection of a solution that irritates the inner surface of the affected vein, causing it to collapse and/or scar over and close. The fluid displaces any blood that’s pooled there and prevents any more blood from collecting; the body simply reroutes the blood to another vessel. Eventually, the defunct vein will dissolve and be absorbed by the body. The second option is laser therapy, in which the doctor aims an extremely strong and precise beam of light at the vein; pulses of this laser energy effectively destroy the vessel, which will eventually disappear. Both of these treatments are very effective on small-to-medium-sized vessels, and can be used in combination to achieve optimal results.
For larger veins there’s the new CoolTouch CTEV laser, which can treat the varicose veins that before now required in-patient surgery, better known as vein stripping. This procedure typically involved general anesthesia, a hospital stay and lengthy recovery. This new laser technique offers almost immediate relief, with minimal to no pain and no down time after the 45 minute to one hour procedure. Most of our patients are able to quickly resume their normal activities.
While some people will see immediate results from sclerotherapy and laser treatments, most will have to wait a few weeks before the veins shrink (and some veins may require more than one treatment). In addition, all of these treatments can occasionally produce bruising. Therefore, they are best performed at least two months before breaking out the shorts. It is advised that people seeking treatment for leg veins talk with their dermatologist to find the best approach for their specific situation.
With all the minimally-invasive treatment options available today, you no longer have to tolerate your leg veins. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating leg veins and other concerns of the skin, hair and nails. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.