Author: Dr Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand,1997.
Leg veins can be unsightly and may sometimes ache, feel heavy or cause cramps. Varicose veins may increase the risk of gravitational eczema, lipodermatosclerosis (a hardening of the tissues of the lower leg), swelling (lymphoedema) and leg ulceration.
Methods of removing leg veins include:
Other techniques under evaluation include steam thermal ablation and high frequency ultrasound ablation.
Whatever treatment is used, new enlarged veins may appear. Further treatment is usually possible. In many cases, two or more techniques may be combined for best effect.
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