Q: I am terribly insecure about the varicose veins on my legs. I understand that there a lot of new cosmetic treatments to remove them permanently. Can you tell me more about the procedures, if they are safe and actually work...
Varicose veins, while most often harmless, can be a source of insecurity and embarassment for people who have them. There are many options for patients, which are often individualized to each person. Treatment options include: sclerotherapy, laser surgery, minimally invasive catheter-assisted procedures, minor surgical procedures: vein stripping, etc.
All of these treatments are safe and effective, as long as you find a health care provider who is licensed and has experience. Doctors who perform these procedures include: dermatologists, interventional radiologists and plastic surgeons. Do your homework, get recommendations and find someone who comes highly recommended from trusted sources.
Treatment programs are tailored to each individual and will depend on various factors. Treatment options include sclerotherapy (microsclerotherapy), laser surgery, minimally invasive catheter-assisted procedures, surgical vein stripping, ambulatory phlebectomy and endoscopic vein surgery.