Leg Vein Treatments

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At Southern Cosmetics, we perform treatments for superficial or “spider veins”. These are small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear in the skin on the thighs, calves and ankles. We offer sclerotherapy and laser leg vein treatments, and may suggest a combination of both techniques.


In this treatment, a chemical solution is injected into each affected vein, causing the vein to collapse and fade from view over a few weeks. There are several available sclerosing solutions, which are suitable for different sized veins. This treatment requires no anesthesia and is usually performed in an outpatient setting.

Although everyone is different, patients usually receive one injection for every inch of spider vein that is treated. Compression stockings are then worn for one to two weeks. We recommend Jobst compression stockings, which are available from larger pharmacies and look like opaque tights, rather than medical stockings. Alternatively, fitted compression stockings can be ordered from The Healthy Legs website: http://www.healthylegs.com.au/shop.

Recommended treatments: Two to three or more sessions, each lasting about 45 mins.

Laser Leg Vein Treatments

With this method, pulses of laser light are directed at the vein, which causes a heating and coagulation effect. This eventually destroys the vessel and it is later reabsorbed by your body. We use the Cutera Nd:YAG vascular laser or the Fotona Nd:YAG laser system and there is minimal discomfort with this procedure other than a mild stinging sensation is felt. There is usually no discomfort in the recovery phase.

Recommended treatments: Typically, two or more sessions. The number of treatments necessary depends on the size of the vessels being treated. Results are often seen as early as two to six weeks, but it may take several months to see the final results.