• Introduction

    Leg Veins

Leg veins are a term given to all wide variety of unsightly vein problems. When we talk about the treatment of leg veins in cosmetic dermatology we are often talking about the treatment of three types of unsightly veins.

Telangiectasia (Spider Veins)

These are the most common unsightly veins that clients wish to have treated. They usually are purple to black in colour and 0.5 – 1.5 mm in diameter. They can be treated effectively with a combination of sclerotherapy and laser treatment.

Reticular Veins (Flat feeding Vessels)

These are the veins that may also have to be injected as they feed the webs of spider veins. Without sealing them off treatment of spider veins can be short lived. These are usually injected with a higher concentration sclerosant or foamed sclerosant.

Varicose Veins

These are raised large diameter veins that bulge out from the skin surface.

These veins are like the veins of a lean muscular bodybuilder. They tend to be large and bulge under the skin. However, they tend to be found on the legs of normal individuals rather than the arms of bodybuilders!