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What will my leg look like after varicose vein removal?
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Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Phlebectomy?
If by "vein remova"l you are referring to surgical removal or micro-phlebectomy, you will likely see 2mm tiny incsions, often without incisions, and some minor bruising and swelling.

In brief: Phlebectomy?
If by "vein remova"l you are referring to surgical removal or micro-phlebectomy, you will likely see 2mm tiny incsions, often without incisions, and some minor bruising and swelling.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Talk with doctor
It is important that you understand the limitations of different techniques so that you and your doctor choose the best treatment.
If cosmetic appearance is very important, tell your doctor. In general, both phlebectomy and foam sclerotherapy can give a good cosmetic result but some types of skin changes (lipodermatosclerosis with hemosiderin pigmentation, where the skin has darkened) may reside.

In brief: Talk with doctor
It is important that you understand the limitations of different techniques so that you and your doctor choose the best treatment.
If cosmetic appearance is very important, tell your doctor. In general, both phlebectomy and foam sclerotherapy can give a good cosmetic result but some types of skin changes (lipodermatosclerosis with hemosiderin pigmentation, where the skin has darkened) may reside.
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Small incisions
The veins are removed through a small incisions less than half an inch long.
Depending on whether it the varicose veins themselves are removed, or the saphenous vein is removed, the incisions can be in one or two places, or several. After you heal, the scars will be much less noticeable than the veins were.

In brief: Small incisions
The veins are removed through a small incisions less than half an inch long.
Depending on whether it the varicose veins themselves are removed, or the saphenous vein is removed, the incisions can be in one or two places, or several. After you heal, the scars will be much less noticeable than the veins were.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Varicose veins
Depends on what kind of physical exam findings that you have prior to removal.
Some leg problems will completely resolve after vein removal, other problems can persist. For example, if you have brown skin damage around your ankles from the vein problem, this usually persists after vein removal. But in general, your leg should look back to normal with no veins and small scars which should fade.

In brief: Varicose veins
Depends on what kind of physical exam findings that you have prior to removal.
Some leg problems will completely resolve after vein removal, other problems can persist. For example, if you have brown skin damage around your ankles from the vein problem, this usually persists after vein removal. But in general, your leg should look back to normal with no veins and small scars which should fade.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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