Leg Vessels

Unsightly leg vessels, which include both spider veins and reticular veins, can be effectively eliminated with sclerotherapy treatment. Dr. Barbara Bopp at Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery has extensive experience performing sclerotherapy using various techniques, including non-invasive lasers. If you’d like to get rid of your leg vessels, as well as, veins on your face, or anywhere on your body, call her office in Metairie, Louisiana, or book an appointment online.

What are the various types of leg vessels?

The two types of unsightly leg vessels that men and women seek to have removed are:

Spider Veins

Spider veins develop when small blood vessels close to the surface of your skin dilate, or enlarge. Though they commonly form on your face and legs, spider veins can appear anywhere. They may significantly impact your appearance, but they seldom cause a health problem.

Reticular Veins

While reticular veins are typically not dangerous, they can cause discomfort or pain and indicate suboptimal blood flow in your veins. Although isolated areas of reticular veins are primarily a cosmetic concern rather than a health issue, it's important to note that if they become particularly painful, it is advisable to reach out to your doctor for further evaluation.

How does sclerotherapy treat vessels?

Sclerotherapy removes spider veins and reticular vessels using several techniques that scar the vein. As the scarring blocks blood flow in targeted areas, the blood vessels gradually diminish in size and disappear.

Standard sclerotherapy is performed by injecting hypertonic saline that irritates vessel walls and makes them collapse. This procedure is effective and takes about 15-60 minutes.

How are lasers used to perform vein removal?

Laser sclerotherapy is a safe, effective option to traditional injections. When lasers are set to operate at specific wavelengths, their energy is only absorbed by dark pigments in blood. As a result, the laser passes safely through your skin to target the vein.

As spider or reticular veins absorb laser energy, they’re heated to the precise temperature at which they break down. The destroyed veins are naturally absorbed and eliminated from your body. The length of your laser session depends on the number of veins being treated, but it typically takes 15-60 minutes.

Does sclerotherapy produce permanent results?

Patients will need maintenance therapy. It’s possible for new reticular veins to develop over time. You can lower your risk if you improve blood circulation and muscle tone by:

  • Getting regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a low-salt diet
  • Avoiding high heels
  • Elevating your legs
  • Changing your sitting or standing position regularly
  • Wearing compression stockings if recommended by Dr. Bopp

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