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I have spider veins on my leg, is there anything I can do other than surgery?
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Dr. Jesse Haven
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy, which injects a substance into the vein causeing itin to immediately shrink, and then dissolve over a period of weeks as the body naturally absorbs the treated vein.
Schlerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure taking only about 10 minutes to perform. The downtime is minimal, in comparison to an invasive varicose vein surgery. Laser treatments can also be effective.

In brief: Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy, which injects a substance into the vein causeing itin to immediately shrink, and then dissolve over a period of weeks as the body naturally absorbs the treated vein.
Schlerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure taking only about 10 minutes to perform. The downtime is minimal, in comparison to an invasive varicose vein surgery. Laser treatments can also be effective.
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Dr. David Rosen
Phlebology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely!
First, find a local doc that's board certified in phlebology, the field of medicine devoted to vein disease (find one in the directory @ www.
Phlebology.Org). A qualified doc can assess if an ultrasound is warranted to help determine if your problem is limited to surface spiders or if you have something else lurking. Then, a personalized plan utilizing minimally invasive procedures can be designed.

In brief: Absolutely!
First, find a local doc that's board certified in phlebology, the field of medicine devoted to vein disease (find one in the directory @ www.
Phlebology.Org). A qualified doc can assess if an ultrasound is warranted to help determine if your problem is limited to surface spiders or if you have something else lurking. Then, a personalized plan utilizing minimally invasive procedures can be designed.
Dr. David Rosen
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Dr. H. William Song
Aesthetic Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sclerotherapy
Asclera is and fda approved solution that can be injected directly into unsightly spider veins.
The solution causes the veins to collapse and stops the blood from flowing through the vein. The body eventually absorbs the treated vessel. Other non-surgical methods include laser treatment. Larger vessels can be treated from inside the vein with an endogenous laser.

In brief: Sclerotherapy
Asclera is and fda approved solution that can be injected directly into unsightly spider veins.
The solution causes the veins to collapse and stops the blood from flowing through the vein. The body eventually absorbs the treated vessel. Other non-surgical methods include laser treatment. Larger vessels can be treated from inside the vein with an endogenous laser.
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is widely considered the most effective treatment for spider veins, and usually preferred over laser.
This involves using small needles and making injections into the veins in order to get them to shrink, seal and disintegrate. Typically a few sessions are required to obtain maximum results. See a phlebologist- vein specialist. Addl info at http://www.Phlebology.Org/.

In brief: Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is widely considered the most effective treatment for spider veins, and usually preferred over laser.
This involves using small needles and making injections into the veins in order to get them to shrink, seal and disintegrate. Typically a few sessions are required to obtain maximum results. See a phlebologist- vein specialist. Addl info at http://www.Phlebology.Org/.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Never surgery
Spider veins will often result from underlying vein trouble below the surface of the skin that you can't see.
If you have spider veins, it is a good idea to see a vein specialist (phlebologist) who will be able to properly evaluate and treat your condition. If you have spider veins only, then surgery is never a good idea. Many treatment options are possible but sclerotherapy is recommended.

In brief: Never surgery
Spider veins will often result from underlying vein trouble below the surface of the skin that you can't see.
If you have spider veins, it is a good idea to see a vein specialist (phlebologist) who will be able to properly evaluate and treat your condition. If you have spider veins only, then surgery is never a good idea. Many treatment options are possible but sclerotherapy is recommended.
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
In brief: Spider veins.
The gold standard for spider vein treatment is sclerotherapy.
Surgery is not a treatment for spiders. If you do not want sclerotherapy then topical laser is an alternative but this does not work as well as sclerotherapy. Medical management would consist of support hose, exercise and keeping the weight down but none of this will eliminated the spider veins. See a vein specialist.

In brief: Spider veins.
The gold standard for spider vein treatment is sclerotherapy.
Surgery is not a treatment for spiders. If you do not want sclerotherapy then topical laser is an alternative but this does not work as well as sclerotherapy. Medical management would consist of support hose, exercise and keeping the weight down but none of this will eliminated the spider veins. See a vein specialist.
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