By Dr. Nasrin Mani, La Jolla Laser Cosmetic Clinic
When it comes to bearing beautiful summer legs, nothing looks quite as striking as gorgeous, smooth skin. Women work hard to shave, exfoliate and buff their legs to make them look summer-ready, but even the most pampered woman can have trouble concealing spider veins.
Spider veins can make legs look tired and, unfortunately, older than they should look. But women don’t have to sit by the wayside when it comes to the look of their legs. Today, there are completely safe and non-invasive ways to get rid of spider veins once and for all. Here are your options, and remember – it’s a good idea to call us for a consultation for a specific treatment recommendation for your legs. Every case is different.
EVA - Endovenous Ablation
Superficial leg veins can be easily treated with “endovenous ablation” – or EVA. This is a minimally invasive treatment that replaces the need for surgical vein stripping. EVA works by inserting an ultra-thin optic fiber into the vein interior. Laser light frequency is pushed into the vein, which then causes the vein to collapse and seal shut. EVA treats both larger veins and the smaller spider veins found throughout the area treated.
You’ll wear a compression hose after the treatment is completed. You can return to work in 1 or 2 days and soreness is minimal but can be expected for a week or two. EVA is an excellent treatment for virtually anyone seeking complete removal of spider veins and is FDA-approved.
Web-like spider veins can be easily treated with sclerotherapy, a minimally-invasive injection that eradicates veins right at the source. We use Asclera because it is comfortable and effective for nearly any patient suffering from spider veins. Asclera is FDA-approved to treat spider veins and sclerotherapy can remove the appearance of spider veins in as little as a few days to a few weeks depending on the individual case.
ND: Yag Laser
Lasers are an increasingly popular way to remove spider veins and it’s a completely noninvasive treatment, making this option an attractive choice for women who want fast and nearly painless results. Laser light passes through the skin and into the vein, causing it to heat up very quickly. At that point, blood coagulates and after several treatments, most veins are fully eradicated.
Some women are affected by larger varicose veins that may require additional treatment. When sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation are not an option, microphlebectomy is an excellent choice to treat bulging varicose veins, especially those that cause fatigue in the legs. Microphlebectomy works by puncturing the skin and removing veins completely with little to no scarring.
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