Superficial leg veins, also known as spider veins or superficial varicose veins, are groups of red and purple veins that commonly appear on the thighs, calves or ankles. body procedure image A common condition among women, and even men, these unsightly veins are associated with genetics, pregnancy and occupations that involve prolonged standing.
Regardless of the cause, leg vein treatments at our Thousand Oaks practice may be a solution to your self-consciousness and help you love the look of your legs.
If you are wondering which vein treatment is right for you, request a consultation with Dr. Azar to discuss the possibilities. Or you can call our office at (805) 373-7073 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.
The Legs You Want
As with all non-surgical treatments at his practice, Dr. Azar personally administers each leg vein treatment. Patients from Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Westlake Village and surrounding areas appreciate his delicate care and precision. During your consultation, Dr. Azar will determine which treatment or combination of treatments will most effectively address your unwanted veins. Options include:
- Laser Vein Treatment: For smaller, spider veins ranging in size from 1 mm to 5 mm, laser leg vein treatment is highly effective and safer than injections. The laser that’s used is the Cutera Excel V, Nd:YAG laser, which safely targets the hemoglobin in the veins while protecting the skin. It may require more than one treatment to address all of the unwanted veins. Treatments range from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how extensive the veins are. Laser vein treatment is usually not considered painful, but feels like a light rubber band snapping against the skin. Treatments are performed 6 weeks apart.
- Sclerotherapy is a traditional vein treatment that is more economical than lasers and effective for varicose veins of all sizes. This simple procedure involves injecting a solution that causes irritation to the veins, ultimately causing them to close off after about 4 to 6 weeks, although experiences vary. Some areas will require more than one injection. Our goal is to significantly reduce the number of these veins by 70% to 80%. For the deeper reticular veins, we recommend ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, which allows us to treat veins that are hidden beneath the surface of the skin.
- Endovenous laser vein treatment (EVLT) is the safer, less-invasive alternative to vein stripping for varicose veins. Without making any incisions, a tiny laser catheter is inserted into the vein. After administering local anesthesia, energy is emitted from the catheter to obliterate the vein. EVLT has about a 98% success rate, with the problem vein usually disappearing within 1 to 2 months following treatment, although experiences vary.
Laser hair removal is another effective treatment that can help beautify the look of your legs.