This Los Angeles patient underwent leg vein removal to remove spider veins. The majority of the leg veins were < 3mm in width. It was decided that Laser treatment with Nd:Yag laser is an ideal choice of treatment. Veins greater than 3mm in width may may call for sclerotherapy.
In 2002, Dr. Umar and colleagues published a study in the premier journal of dermatology (Dermatologic Surgery) comparing the 3 different laser categories generally used for the treatment of leg veins. Regardless of the name given to the laser by the manufacturer, leg vein treatment lasers fall into one of the following 3 categories:
- 1. 1064nm
- 2. 810 (Diode) and
- 3. 755nm (Alexandrite)
The study by Dr. Umar and his collegues found that the Nd Yag (1064nm) laser was significally superior to the others. [Blackwell Synergy – Dermatol Surg, Volume 28 Issue 3 Page 224-230, March 2002 (Article Abstract)]
Dr. Umar employs the latest time-tested version of the long-pulsed Nd YAG (1064) laser – GENTLE YAG by Candela, to effectively treat leg veins regardless of skin type.
Dr. Umar also performs Sclerotherapy (injectables) for the treatment of larger leg veins using only FDA-approved sclerosants.