Getting A Leg Up On Summer

1 decade 10 months 2 weeks ago Monday, July 09 2007 Jul 9, 2007 Monday, July 09, 2007 4:42:02 PM CDT July 09, 2007 in News

Bare legs demand at least the bare essentials of grooming and care. Broken veins and blood vessels demand even more.

New Yorker Judy Baker decided on laser therapy to rid her legs of spider veins that appear in discoloring clusters on the skin.

"The walking shorts happen to hit right above that and I'm very conscious of that and I don't want it to get any worse or spread," she said.

The Med Spa in Manhattan's Tribeca offers laser therapy starting around $200. The laser uses a specific wavelength of light to trace the offending veins along the surface of the skin.

"They get hot enough to make a controlled heating of the inside of the vessel which causes those cells to swell, obliterate the vein and it's gone," explained Dr. Gerald Ginsberg, Med Spa plastic surgeon and medical director.

Dr. Ginsberg says this type of laser offers practically instant results.

"We'll do 15 minutes to 25 minutes," he said. "And generally in that time you can treat the inner surface of the leg and we'll send them home without any special wrappings, without any dressings, right back to, I hate to say it, high heels."

Dr. Ginsberg cautions this type of laser therapy is no cure for large, bulging veins. Those generally require more complex laser procedures done in an operating room--esclerotherapy, which involves injecting a solution into the veins and causing them to shrink.

After Baker's treatment, she said she already saw a change.

"I'm looking at it everyday; I see a change," she said. "And I'm very happy."

Reported by Roseanne Colletti of NBC News.

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