Laser Treatment of Leg Veins

  • Robert A. Weiss
  • Girish S. Munavalli
  • Sonal Choudhary
  • Angel Leiva
  • Keyvan Nouri


Damaged venous valves result in varicose or spider vein formation. Commonly, venous obstruction is caused by increased pressure of reverse blood flow within the superficial venous valve or from direct traumatic injury to the vein.


Varicose Vein Great Saphenous Vein Intense Pulse Light Superficial Vein Thermal Relaxation Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Weiss
    • 1
  • Girish S. Munavalli
    • 2
  • Sonal Choudhary
    • 3
  • Angel Leiva
    • 3
  • Keyvan Nouri
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineHunt ValleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyJohns Hopkins UniversityCharlotteUSA
  3. 3.Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous SurgeryUniversity of Miami, Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  4. 4.Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of Miami HospitalMiamiUSA
  5. 5.Clinics Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous SurgeryUniversity of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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