In the Bay Area, leg vein removal can be done using intense pulsed light therapy, laser technology, or Sclerotherapy. The choice will depend on the severity of the condition, as well as the specific vein problem being treated. There are different types of veins namely large and small varicose veins, and spider veins. These treatments are also effective on vascular lesions such as birthmarks.
Spider veins are small, and tend to emerge close to the surface of the skin. They are usually red or purple in color. Varicose veins are larger, and often seem to bulge above the surface of the skin.
Once these veins appear on the legs, then that is a clear indication that there is a serious problem with the venous system. Veins play a crucial role in the body’s circulatory system, as they are carry blood through the body. If the veins are compromised in any way, then this can seriously impact the efficient flow of blood. Enlarged or dilated veins are a sign of venous reflux, or the backward movement of blood.
Once a vein is no longer functional, it should be removed. If it not, then it can often cause undue pain and discomfort when left unattended. Leg veins can be very uncomfortable for those who have them, that’s why in places like the Bay Area, leg vein removal using Sclerotherapy is a common cosmetic treatment.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most effective leg vein removal treatments, as it can be easily and conveniently administered. During treatment a tiny needle is used to inject a chemical solution into the affected vein. The solution triggers an irritation in the vein wall, causing it to collapse. A collapsed vein is effectively shut down, and this means that the blood will be re-routed to other veins. The treated vein will eventually fade from view.
Most patients notice about a 70% reduction in the appearance of the vein after the first treatment. However, it may require 4-6 treatments for full removal. Sessions are usually spaced about 3 weeks apart, and last about 20 minutes on average.
If you are bothered by varicose or spider veins, then you no longer have to feel embarrassed about them. You can contact your Bay Area plastic surgeon about a consultation, to determine which leg vein removal option would be best for you.