Messina Esthetic Medicine    
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283 Commack Rd. Suite 320

Commack NY 11725  



Laser Spider  & Varicose Veins of the Legs

When it comes to anti aging everyone first considers the face and neck but we forget the legs , that is until its bathing suit time.

Spider Veins of the lower extremities can be a source of embarrassment causing one to avoid shorts, skirts and bathing suits.

We have multiple ways of treating these benign but unsightly veins , one popular means is using our Vascular Laser the Excel V which uses several wavelengths to target thin , thick, red and blue veins.

Veins in the lower extremity become distended and visible for a variety of factors.

The aging of the valves, hormonal influences, pregnancy and prolonged standing all help create these unsightly veins.

The weakened valves allow for blood to flow backwards building up pressure in the smaller veins which swell and become varicose.

Laser spider veins and varicose veins is a very common and popular procedure performed by Dr. Messina.

Some veins require a surgical treatment , these are the large thickened varicose veins that often have a nodal or bumpy appearance. These veins represent a deeper problem , notably a failure of deeper veins that must be stripped or have an internal laser seal the lumen.

The more common spider veins and small blue/green veins present in the ankles, shins, upper thigh are very treatable with laser therapy.

Laser of spider veins is a simple process that is slightly uncomfortable but does not require the use of elastic pressure stockings as does sclerotherapy.

Where some lose their veins after a single session most require 3 to 5 sessions spaced a month or more apart.

I use the new Cutera Excel V laser designed specifically as a vein and pigment laser for all of the smaller spider veins , deep reticular veins and blue/green feeder veins of the legs.

Sclerotherapy of Spider Veins

In some cases the laser is not the most appropriate treatment for Spider Veins and varicose Veins. Specifically if the veins are large and deep where the laser just doesn't have the penetration to close the vein.

In this case I prefer injection therapy ( sclerotherapy ) in which a small needle is inserted into the vein and an agent is injected that causes closure of the vein.

After the injection a pressure stocking needs to be worn for at least 2 weeks and as in the laser of varicose veins multiple treatments are required for the best results.

We always use Asclera an FDA approved agent for sclerotherapy so you know you are getting the most up to date and powerful agent available for treating your spider veins.

Laser Spider Veins of the Leg