Leg Vein Treatment Specialist

Alexandria Aesthetics

Aesthetic Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Alexandria, VA

If spider or varicose veins on your legs are pronounced and make you feel self-conscious, you don’t have to live with it. Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Kantha Stoll, MD, reduces the appearance of leg veins using the minimally invasive Icon™ laser, so you can show off your legs with confidence again. Call today to learn more about laser vein treatment, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Leg Vein Treatment Q & A

What are leg veins?

Leg veins are often spider or varicose veins, which appear darker in color than the rest of your skin. These veins sometimes protrude outward and can be unsightly, painful, and even put you at risk for blood clots.

What causes leg veins?

Spider and varicose veins that protrude outward or appear darker are damaged veins. They occur when one-way valves inside veins weaken and allow blood to flow backward and accumulate in the vein.

Extra blood in veins contributes to increased pressure, pain, and discoloration near the skin’s surface. Factors that increase your risk for developing leg veins include:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Frequently sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormone changes
  • Injuries
  • Sunlight

You can’t always prevent leg veins from becoming visible and painful, but you do have treatment options.

How does laser therapy reduce the appearance of veins?

Dr. Stoll uses the Icon laser system to diminish the appearance of leg veins with minimal discomfort, no downtime, and no incisions. This improves discomfort and prevents potential complications associated with varicose veins. The laser also treats leg veins without damaging surrounding tissue.

During a laser vein treatment session, Dr. Stoll directs laser light toward individual veins. The light constricts blood vessels in the legs, making spider and varicose veins less visible at the skin’s surface.

When the laser strikes your skin, you may feel:

  • A slight warming sensation
  • Rubber bands snapping against your skin
  • The Icon laser’s cooling system

Small leg veins may go away immediately, and larger veins may darken and disappear within several months. Your Icon laser vein treatment may take less than 30 minutes, but you might require several treatments to maximize results.

You resume normal day-to-day activities immediately after treatment, but be sure to protect your skin from the sun year round to help prevent skin cancer and new leg veins from forming.

Am I a good candidate for leg vein treatment?

Dr. Stoll lets you know if you’re a good candidate for leg vein treatment with the Icon laser. If you’re otherwise healthy but unsightly leg veins bother you, chances are you’re a good fit for the procedure. Call to learn more, or book an appointment online today.