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Leg Vein Treatment in Philadelphia

Leg Vein Treatment 101


In this treatment, bothersome or undesired leg veins are injected with a solution that causes them to break down and disappear. Both spider veins and varicose veins can be injected to minimize or eliminate the vessel. These veins are primarily located in the legs and can be the result of genetics, occupations that require prolonged standing, obesity, or other causes. Patients typically find the treatment comfortable, and it is often completed within 30 minutes.

What to Expect

  • A board-certified dermatologist will evaluate and cleanse the treatment area.
  • Using a fine needle, the physician will inject the solution into the vessel. This is generally comfortable and does not typically sting or burn.
  • Once complete, the area will be cleansed and after-care instructions will be provided.
  • You will be asked to wear compression stockings starting immediately.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Patients should come in with clean skin and bring full-length compression stockings to their visit.
  • Patients will be asked to wear the stockings in the weeks following the treatment.
  • Patients are not encouraged to exercise or perform any strenuous activities for 48 hours following the treatment.
  • Most patients require a second session 6 weeks later.

Sclerotherapy is the treatment of veins by injecting them with substances that cause the cells lining the vein to stick together, causing the body to reabsorb the vein. It is a safe and successful procedure in many patients. Sclerotherapy improves the appearance of tiny veins and can treat larger veins that may cause pain and inflammation. Many lasers are being developed for the treatment of leg veins, however they have yet to be proven superior to Sclerotherapy. Dr. Weishar uses many lasers in her practice and will offer laser treatment of veins when it has proven advantageous over the current methods.

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Ambulatory Sclerotherapy is a common and effective treatment for spider veins. The procedure is done by using a thin needle to inject a sclerosing solution into the veins. The solution then irritates the lining of the vessels, leading them to swell and stick together, causing the blood to clot. After a few weeks, the vessels turn to scar tissue and gradually disappear.

Foam Sclerotherapy is an advanced technique used to treat large and bulging varicose veins. By mixing a combination of a standard sclerosant with either air or carbon, the foam is created and injected into the veins to treat the affected area.

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