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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a laser treatment of leg veins?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a laser treatment of leg veins?

It Depends: First, it depends upon which type of laser treatment you are referring to: treatment of superficial spider veins vs endovenous ablation of incompetent superficial veins. For the former, likely not necessary. Before endovenous ablation, depends on a patient's comorbidities, current medications (e.g. Warfarin). For specific recommendations for you, consult with your primary physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Will I get any medicine for pain when I go for the laser treatment of leg veins?

Medical laser yes: Sometimes a topical cream is used like Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) or Lidocaine creme before the cosmetic superficial laser for tiny red spider veins plus a cooling gel. But sometimes the laser hurts more because the laser is being used to treat too large of skin veins: ie: dark blue or purple veins that is better suited to sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a laser treatment of leg veins ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a laser treatment of leg veins ordered?

Leg veins: Laser treatments for the legs are deemed usually cosmetic and are not covered by insurance. Seeing a vein specialist, vascular surgeon as well as a cosmetic medicine specialist can take care of your problems. ...Read more

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Is it normal to need a laser treatment of leg veins?

Is it normal to need a laser treatment of leg veins?

Sometimes: As dr. Shenenberger said there are many ways to treat leg veins. Laser is just one of them. The real answer is that it depends on what kind of vein trouble needs to be treated. For larger veins that are below the skin, laser, rf and surgery are possibilities. It is important that you see any experienced physician who specializes in vein disease--a phlebologist--for the answers you need. ...Read more

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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a laser treatment of leg veins?

Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a laser treatment of leg veins?

Varicose veins: When ablating larger veins with a laser, such as the greater saphenous vein, i give my patients IV sedation and infiltrate around the vein with anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. Still outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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I had endovenous laser treatment (evlt) done on my legs 3 yrs ago and the pain is back. What would cause it?

I had endovenous laser treatment (evlt) done on my legs 3 yrs ago and the pain is back. What would cause it?

Recurrent Pain: It could be that the treatment failed and that the vein that was treated is "open" again. Possible that another vein in your leg failed. Possible that a totally different issue, not vein related, is causing your current symptoms. I would suggest you get a follow-up ultrasound by a vein specialist to see if the condition is related to a recurrent vein problem and then go from there. ...Read more

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How to remove scars, from ingrown hair, on my legs? (besides laser treatment)

How to remove scars, from ingrown hair, on my legs? (besides laser treatment)

Scar treatment : Scars are always permanent, but you can make them more pale and less noticeable. Lightening creams may help (hydroquinone), sunscreen (daily and religiously), and ipl treatments may all help. ...Read more

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I have vitiligo patches on my lips,underarms,thighs,palms,legs.I'm undergoing Excimer laser treatment.It's getting worse than being healed. Pls help?

I have vitiligo patches on my lips,underarms,thighs,palms,legs.I'm undergoing Excimer laser treatment.It's getting worse than being healed. Pls help?

Talk to doctor: This is something you need to discuss with the treating doctor. If it is getting worse, I don't see any reason to continue with it but you still need to discuss this with him/her. ...Read more

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