A well-respected physician with more than 30 years of medical experience, Leon Turovsky, MD, serves as medical director and cosmetic laser operator at Sheepshead Bay Laser Center in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout his long career, Leon Turovsky, MD, has performed more than 60,000 laser procedures, including varicose vein and spider vein treatments.

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that are visible just beneath the skin. They are often blue or purple and create cord-like bulges on the skin. Spider veins are similar, but they occur in smaller blood vessels and appear reddish on the skin’s surface. Most often appearing on the legs and feet, varicose veins and spider veins can cause an achy feeling and swelling in the legs or a more intense burning and cramps. In addition to the discomfort these veins can cause, they present cosmetic issues, making many patients reluctant to wear shorts or a swimsuit.

Procedures to eliminate spider veins and varicose veins include sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a medication into the veins that causes them to scar, close off, and become invisible. More invasive procedures include endoscopic vein surgery or vein stripping, both of which involve making incisions in the skin. The least invasive method is laser treatment, which applies a strong, pulsed light onto the area of skin overlying the vein. For some veins, more than one session may be required, but laser therapy eventually causes the veins to fade away without incisions or injections of chemicals.