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How do lasers and intense pulsed light treat varicose and spider veins?

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Surface laser or intense pulsed light treatments use heat energy to selectively damage or destroy abnormal veins. Side effects include discoloration or staining and blister formation. The results are often disappointing.

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 26, 2019

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