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What are the treatment options for reticular veins?

This question was asked in Chicago, Illinois and has 3 answer(s) as of 05/14/2014.
I am in need of reticular vein treatment in both legs and want to know what my options are? I am interested in how my legs will look after treatment and how long the recovery process will take?


Doctors Answers (3)

A complete evaluation of your legs is necessary to answer your questions. You can return to work the same day as the treatment. It takes a while for the treated veins to be absorbed, everyone is different.

The first choice to treatment of reticular (medium sized blue) veins on the leg is sclerotherapy injections. This is the most effective and most comfortable choice that is compatible with all skin types. Another choice would be laser treatments, but this is generally less effective and fairly uncomfortable on the legs as well as limited by skin color and tans. For sclerotherapy, there is no change in your normal activities and the veins should disappear over a period of four to six weeks.

Reticular veins are almost always treated by sclerotherapy, but may be treated by phlebectomy (surgery). Phlebectomy removes the veins immediately, but leaves small scars and has surgical risks. Sclerotherapy shrinks the veins over several weeks without scars or surgical risks.

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