Dermatology – Leg Vein Treatments
The Department of Dermatology provides medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of skin conditions.
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Leg vein treatments
Penn State Health Dermatology offers patients a comprehensive leg vein clinic. We treat superficial vein disease ranging from:
- Spider veins - refer to small red or blue dilated blood vessels that tend to occur in clusters. While occasionally painful, they are primarily a cosmetic concern.
- Varicose veins - are large, swollen and twisted veins that are often raised above the skin. Varicose veins can be unsightly but also are frequently a major source of discomfort, pain, and swelling. Patients with significant vein disease can eventually develop blood clots or ulcerations.
Leg Vein treatment
- Spider veins - Sclerotherapy is the preferred method of treatment. It is very effective and safe with minimal discomfort. It involves the injection of a solution, called a sclerosant, into the small vessels using an ultra fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to stick together. Over the next few weeks, the vessel fades from view, eventually becoming barely or not at all visible. Most patients enjoy 50-70% improvement with each treatment session. The average patient will require two or three treatments. Potential side effects include temporary staining (hyper-pigmentation) and tiny blood clots in the treated veins. Rarely, ulcerations can occur at the injection sites.
- Varicose veins - patients will receive a complete evaluation to characterize any underlying vein disease. This testing is done both at the Penn State Health Vascular Laboratory and also during a clinical consultation in the Dermatology Clinic.
- Avoiding pitfalls of venous disease requires deliberate approach.