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Old 03-18-2008, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Just wondering if anyone on here has had injections or laser to fade their spider veins? If so, which procedure did you have done and what are the results. I'm thinking of getting it done and the reason I'm asking is I want to know whatp procedure is more effective. The injections costs $175.00 and the laser removal technique costs $500.00.

I'm only talking about spider veins, NOT varicose veins.

Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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I had one of mine injected. I have very weak veins so even though I try to exercise regularly sometimes they collapse. Anyway, being 21 with an unsightly broken blue vein cramped the skirt and short wearing. I went to my dermatologist. He injected it and but a small bandage on it. TA DA!!! No vein. : ) The spot where the vein was remained slightly brown for a couple of months because of traces of iron (to be expected). You cant even see where it was done anymore. I think I paid around $125. The estimate for the entire upper thigh was pretty reasonable though. Id go with injections over lasers just because an old family friend got skin cancer from a laser procedure.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:39 PM
 
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Yes, I have had both procedures. It has been a while so I don't remember the cost. But the injections (sclerotherapy sp?) worked much better than the laser. My friend had the same results. So I would recommend the injections. This is strickly for the small spider veins. Now that I'm not living in FL with my legs tan all the time....I think I have to go back for more injections!
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:14 AM
 
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I tried the laser. It hurt like heck. It got rid of the vein and left a little scar in exchange.
Definitely, a lose-lose situation for me.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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I had several treatments with injections over the course of time.I was a hairdresser and so standing for long periods of time caused them.The injections work.It does take a little while for the marks to fade,like any other injury.I would get it done in the fall when my legs were going to be covered for awhile.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Had the injections and it worked great...all gone...I think laser is for the really small superficial spider veins...like so small they would have trouble putting a needle into them... I had mine done in sections...they charged me 75.00 per section...Which is cheap...Then I had to wear the compression hose for a week...and they are gone.
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: The Miami Of Canada
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Id go with injections over lasers just because an old family friend got skin cancer from a laser procedure.
How did that happen? Please explain!
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Update:

Thanks for all the responses. I had the procedure done yesterday (the injections). For anyone having it done it does hurt just a little. The needle wasn't so bad, it was the burning and cramping sensation that hurt. It only lasted a few minutes though. Most of the spider veins were in my ankles I only had one needle full done (CCs?? don't know how much). I go back in one week for one more needle full.

Can't wait to see my results in 8-10 weeks!! LOL
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:51 PM
 
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You'll love your results! And, I forget to mention the injections hurt a little more around the ankles and knees but well worth the short term discomfort.
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:04 AM
 
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My mom had it done a few years ago. She said it was very painful. Her legs are horrible with veins. She said it didn't really work. But her legs are so bad I don't think any amount of treatment would have helped her.

But don't some insurance companies pay for that sort of treatment?
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