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Laser procedures keep patients from trying to get beautiful legs ‘in vein’

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If you have varicose veins, you are not alone. Men and women all over the world deal with this condition, which can really detract from the appearance of a good-looking pair of legs.

There are a variety of causes for varicose veins, from genetics to prolonged sitting or standing, and they typically begin appearing after the age of 30.

Traditionally, patients undergo a procedure known as vein stripping, in which an incision is made in the leg. A flexible instrument is threaded into the offending vein, which is then hooked and removed. The operation is minor, but can take a couple of hours and may be painful.

As a result, more people are opting for laser vein removal, a minimally invasive technique that requires neither cuts nor needles. These treatments take about 20 minutes, during which pulses of light energy are delivered to the veins, causing them to fade away.

Many patients have found that this procedure is quick and effective, and allows them to get back to their daily activities as soon as they leave the office.

This method of laser skin rejuvenation has helped many men and women get rid of unsightly veins, which affect as many as half of all middle-aged adults, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.