Many people have questions about leg veins and want answers from an expert. Read below to find board-certified dermatologist Dr. Melda Isaac’s answers to the most frequently asked questions about spider vein and varicose vein treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Sclerotherapy?
A: Sclerotherapy is an innovative vein removal treatment that uses an injectable sclerosing agent to dissolve and eliminate unwanted leg veins. Sclerotherapy is virtually painless and requires minimal downtime.
Q: Can lasers be used to treat spider veins?
A: There are several non-invasive and effective laser treatments that can be used to diminish spider veins. At MI Skin Dermatology Center, Dr. Isaac feels sclerotherapy is the most effective way to reduce the appearance of unsightly leg veins, but she can utilize Cutera Excel V 1064 laser to deliver light energy to the blood vessels of the unwanted vein, thereby making them less apparent. The light energy combined with the heat from the laser allows the blood vessels to be absorbed into the body without affecting the surrounding tissue. Multiple sessions are required for laser vein treatments.
Q: Are vein treatments safe?
A: Both sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments are very safe when performed by Dr. Melda Isaac who has extensive training and experience.
Q: Do vein treatments require downtime?
A: Vein treatments require little downtime as they are minimally invasive and do not require surgery. Patients who undergo either sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments can return to their normal daily activities immediately after the procedure. Sclerotherapy patients may be advised to wait a few days before engaging in high-energy activities. Dr. Isaac recommends that patients wear compression stockings after injection sclerotherapy.
Q: Who should perform vein removal treatments?
A: Vein removal treatments should only be performed by a board-certified medical expert like Dr. Isaac in order to reduce the risk of side effects and to obtain the most ideal results. Patients should avoid undergoing vein removal treatments from spas, salons, or any unlicensed and untrained person.
Q: How many vein removal treatments will I need?
A: The number of vein removal treatments needed will vary from patient to patient depending on the amount of veins and the size of the treatment area. It is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Isaac or her staff to determine the number of treatments needed to produce the desired results.
For more information on spider vein removal, visit WebMD.com.
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