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Leg Vein Treatment


Sclerotherapy: large veins

Laser: small veins


What veins are treated with Sclerotherapy?

In larger blood vessels (usually greater than 3 millimeters), a procedure called sclerotherapy is used to treat unwanted blood vessels. A solution, called a sclerosing solution, is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. This procedure has been used for spider veins since the 1932 and, before that, for larger veins. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot.  Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible.  A single blood vessel may have to be injected more than once, some weeks apart, depending on its size. In any one treatment session, a number of vessels can be injected.  Occasionally larger varicose veins are underneath the spider veins. In such cases, some physicians believe these vessels should be treated before the spider veins. This can be done by sclerotherapy, followed by compression or by a procedure performed by a vascular surgeon. Other physicians believe that spider veins may be treated by sclerotherapy without worrying about the varicose veins unless they become troublesome.


How successful is Sclerotherapy?

After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50 to 90 percent improvement. However, the fading process is gradual. Total disappearance of spider veins is usually achieved. For people with mostly very small spider veins, a laser can also be used with good results.  Often a combination of sclerotherapy and laser treatments yields the best outcome.


Can sclerotherapy be used on all skin types?
Yes. All skin types and skin colors respond equally well.


Key Benefits:

  • Relatively painless
  • Good for larger blood vessels
  • No down time



What leg veins are treated with the laser?

Generally smaller veins (less than 3mm) are treated with the Versapulse Laser.  Also known as "spider veins", these thin, reddish-purple veins affect as many as 80% of all women as they grow older, and a large percentage of men, too. The cause is largely genetic, although other culprits include pregnancy, childbirth, use of birth-control pills, estrogen-replacement therapy, previous injury, and use of corticosteroids.

In the past, only sclerotherapy was available for treatment of these small vessels.  Unfortunately,  there was little you could do about spider veins, but now laser technology has revolutionized treatment so that many spider veins can be virtually erased.

The VersaPulse� Aesthetic Laser produces short, adjustable pulses of light to treat a wide range of vessel diameters at various skin depths. The adjustable pulses minimize the risk of the purplish bruising (purpura) that is a common side effect of other lasers.

The special VersaSpot� Chilled Tip cools the skin during treatment, enhancing patient comfort.

Laser treatments for leg vessels depend on the quantity, size, and depth of the spider veins. Most patients need between three and five 30-minute sessions. Sessions are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart and are performed in the doctor's office without the costs and risks of hospitalization or general anesthesia.

It is important that you are not tanned or tanning when taking these treatments. Please call for more information.

The laser treatment itself feels like numerous small snaps with a rubber band or tiny pin pricks. Many patients do not require anesthesia during the procedure, but topical or local anesthesia is provided for those who do.

The appearance of the treated area immediately after a laser session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment. Immediate side-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness, light crusting, or tenderness, all of which disappear in a short time.





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Revised: November 08, 2007.