Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that develop later in life in both men and women, although they tend to affect women more than men. The causes of varicose veins are not well understood, but it is thought that there is a hereditary component. Research shows that people with Inactive lifestyle or ones who have jobs which require long periods of standing, such as nurses or teachers, have a higher chance of developing them. Varicose veins can be very unsightly, and often small, dark, twisting veins known as spider veins accompany them. Research suggests that Fortunately, there are safe and effective ways to eliminate varicose veins.

Eliminate Varicose Veins

The highly skilled, board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are experts at varicose vein removal, and are considered leaders in the industry. Director Dr. Mitchel Goldman has authored several textbooks and textbook chapters on varicose veins and their removal. Vein removal has come a long way, and there are currently many safe, effective means of removal available.

Sclerotherapy is one of the best options for removing varicose veins on the legs, and can also be used to remove spider veins on the hands, arms, and chest. Sclerotherapy should not be used on the face due to the high potential for complications, but on the body it is often considered the number one choice. Sclerotherapy consists of an injectable solution called a sclerosing agent which is injected into the target vein to destroy it from the inside. In the hands of the right dermatologist, it is a great way to eliminate varicose veins.

Laser treatments and the newest FDA approved vein treatment VenaSeal are other options for treating varicose veins. If the veins are too big to be treated non-invasively, then surgical phlebectomy is an option. Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure, which can be done on an outpatient basis, and is good for extremely large veins.


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