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New Treatments Vanish Varicose and Spider Veins

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"In fact, the treated vein was not identifiable six months after treatment, and there was no recurrence of any varicose veins at any time during our follow-up," Goldman explains.

He also says there were no reports of postoperative pain.

"There is no pain and it costs less than the older procedure because it does not require hospitalization and there is no time off from work [needed]," he says.

"This laser is a remarkable treatment that has been shown to work and be incredibly effective for large veins," says Ariel Ostad, MD, a dermatologic surgeon and assistant clinical professor at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City.

The foam sclerotherapy is something that Europeans use which is a great treatment for spider veins," Ostad says.

The treatment of varicose veins "is revolutionized without a doubt," he tells WebMD. "Thirty years ago, it involved vein stripping which left tremendously large deformed scars all over the legs and you wouldn't even be able to wears skirts after the procedure," he says. "And all the veins came back, so you would have scars and veins," he says.

Today's treatments involve no skin scars and much fewer risks than the older procedures, he says.

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