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What is the proper timeline for vein removal?

I am a 41 year old female and would like to start taking care of my leg appearance by having some moles removed, laser hair removal, and varicose vein removal. What would be the best order to do these in? Is it better to have other procedures done before or after vein treatment?


Doctors Answers (4)

Laser hair removal is done as a series of 5-6 treatments that are spaced at 1-2 months apart. You can have sclerotherapy following any of these laser hair removal treatments. If you did the sclerotherapy first and had any small bruises, then laser used over the bruises would be uncomfortable. Moles can also be removed at any time, but it is easier after any of the laser treatments so you do not need to avoid going over the area with the laser for hair removal.

I would probably treat the veins if you have any swelling so that if you have any mole removal they heal better. Usually with the vein treatments you are less swollen afterwards and heal quicker. The hair removal will take months and months and can be done whenever. The moles, if any are suspicious, see a doctor and have them removed as soon as possible. I guess the answer is every person and situation is different, and there is no one right order for these things.

Moles first, then veins.

I would recommend seeing a dermatologist prior to starting any laser procedures. We do not laser any unusual lesions on the legs without this. If you have larger varicose veins and have symptoms such as aching, heaviness, cramping, pain etc., you should have an evaluation by a board certified surgeon, vascular trained to assess for underlying back flow in veins (reflux). He/she can advise the best treatment (usually laser ablation and microphlebectomy) to treat this. If you have smaller veins (reticular and spider veins) these can be treated by injection sclerotherapy in a series of 3-5 treatments depending on how much you have. I have patients who will alternate hair removal and vein injections about two weeks apart without any problems.

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