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Leg Vein Removal:
Getting Rid of Unsightly Leg Veins


Getting rid of unsightly leg veins with a simple injection has become safer, quicker and cheaper, thanks to a new glycerin solution that makes them disappear without a trace, often in just one session. Best of all, glycerin injections are relatively pain-free — unlike saline injections, which cause so much discomfort that they tend to discourage people from seeking any treatment at all.

In June 2003, Dr. Mitchel Goldman, dermatologic surgeon from San Diego who pioneered the current formula, published results based on his own clinical experiences. After injecting small varicose veins in one leg of each of 13 patients with glycerin and the other leg with STS (sodium tetradecyl sulfate, another superior alternative to saline), Dr. Goldman found that glycerin cleared away veins more quickly and with less temporary bruising, swelling, and discoloration.

According to Dr. Goldman, glycerin works best for small varicose veins — thread veins — about the width of a pencil point. For problem veins up to the width of a pencil itself, STS is still the treatment of choice.

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