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Vein Removal
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Spider veins and varicose veins are wavy red, purple, or blue veins, often seen on the legs. These unsightly veins affect as many as 80% of woman and a large percentage of men, and typically grow worse as a result of the aging process. Spider veins can also appear on the face or other areas of the body, and may occur naturally or as a result of sun damage, trauma, and certain medications and diseases. Varicose veins are usually thicker and may protrude from the surface of the skin. They may be caused by venous defects, heredity, weight, or prolonged standing. If your red or blue spider veins and varicose veins are bothering you, there are options, including schlerothepy and laser methods, for treating those veins to achieve up to an 80% reduction in their appearance.

Length of Surgery

About 1 hour




Local anesthesia

Back to work in...

1 day

Back to the gym in...

1 week

Treatment Frequency

1 month; 1-3 treatments necessary


Hyperpigmentation, growth of small veins in treated area


$200-$500 per session

Duration of results


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Vein removal costs

Most vein removal treatments cost $200 to $500 per session. Many patients achieve the desired results in just one session. If the vein is long, or if the removal of multiple varicose veins is desired, several treatment sessions may be required. These are usually space about a month apart.

Am I a candidate for vein removal?

Most candidates with varicose or spider veins are able to enjoy the benefits of vein removal. You may not be able to undergo vein removal if you are pregnant, diabetic, are on anti-coagulant medication, or if you have lupus, bleeding disorders, or a history of blood clots. Patients with both light and dark skin can benefit from vein removal, although those with dark suntans may not be suitable candidates for some forms of vein removal, particularly those involving lasers. If you are pregnant and seeking treatment for varicose veins that have developed during pregnancy, you should be advised that many of these veins will disappear on their own following the pregnancy.

What is vein removal?

Vein removal is the process of removing unsightly spider veins and varicose veins from the legs and other areas of the body. Popular techniques for vein removal include schlerotherapy, laser vein removal, and endovenous laser treatment. These techniques allow doctors to perform vein removal procedures with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues.

Vein removal steps

There are several different methods for removing spider and varicose veins. Most procedures are performed with local anesthetic in the doctor's office.

Schlerotherapy, usually used to treat smaller spider veins, involves the injection of a concentrated saline solution into the blood vessel, causing it to swell and push out the blood. Once the blood has left the vein, it collapses in on itself and the body naturally breaks down and absorbs the vein walls. Schlerotherapy often requires several injections during the treatment session; many doctors perform one injection for every inch of vein length.

Laser treatments are used to treat both spider and varicose veins. During laser treatments, light energy passes through the skin and is concentrated on the vein, where it is absorbed by the hemoglobin, which gives it its dark reddish-purple tone. This energy causes the vein to dissolve into the surrounding tissues. Endovenous laser treatments, or EVLT, use a laser probe that is inserted into the varicose vein. The heat created by the laser energy seals the vein shut.

Vein Removal Recovery and Healing Steps

For the first 24 hours, sun exposure and strenuous activities should be avoided, and the treated area should be protected with antibiotic creams. Most doctors advise the wearing of support hose for at least 3 days to reduce swelling or inflammation. After vein removal, the targeted vein will never grow back, though this procedure does not stop new veins from forming.

Vein Removal Side Effects and Procedure Risks

Common side effects include slight hyperpigmentation, bleeding, redness, and swelling. These side effects should subside within a few weeks. Occasionally, tiny veins will appear in the treated area, a condition known as telangectatic matting,

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