Leg veins

When small leg veins become dilated and more visible, they are named spider- or varicose veins. Small blue or small red veins usually are only a cosmetic problem and can be diminished with sclerotherapy or vascular laser treatments

If bigger varicose veins are formed and the blood circulation is impaired more symptoms develop, like heavy legs and edema. Clinical evaluation and ultrasound doppler need to be performed to exclude a more important venous disease and possible surgical indication of bigger varicose veins. 

Do you dream of walking down a beach without worrying about those tiny spider veins behind your knees?


Do you long to wear your favourite little dress again, but are embarrassed about the spider veins on your legs?


Minimally invasive treatments to get rid of leg veins are: 

sclerotherapy: injection of a chemical in the vein to make it stick together and disappear 

laser treatment: use of specific laser light to selectively destroy a blood vessel without damaging surrounding skin

With both techniques it may take several weeks up to a few months before the treated veins disappear and on average 3 sessions are needed to get complete clearing.

After laser or sclerotherapy there should be absolute sun or UV avoidance for 6 to 8 weeks, to avoid pigmentation of the veins, so these treatments are preferably done in autumn-winter.

 Leg veins, why they appear and how dermatologist treat them

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