Does microphlebectomy cause scarring?

I've heard microphlebectomy described as minimally invasive, but from what I understand it's still surgery. Wont there still be scars?

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Replied on 9/11/2010

By: Vanish Vein and Laser Center  |  John Landi,MD,FACS,RPVI,RPhS, Diplomate ABVLM
Naples, FL

There are very small scars following microphlebectomies any where from 2 to 3 millimeters. These usually heal over 6 weeks to 3 months with excellent cosmetic results. Occasionally, depending on skin pigmentation and propensity for keloid formation, the scars could be more noticeable.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: Heart and Vein Center  |  Rodolfo D. Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA
Lathrup Village, MI

The scars from ambulatory phlebectomy are very small. Depends on the individual patient's skin. For the most part the scars are un-noticed and certainly much less noticeable than the varicose veins. Dark-colored skin patients might have more noticeable scars than light colored skin ones.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee  |  Stephen F. Daugherty, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Clarksville, TN

Yes, microphlebectomy is minimally-invasive surgery. It leaves small scars
which usually are 2 to 3 millimeters wide. Most of the time these scars are
not very noticeable, especially in light skin tone patients. One of the
important advantages of microphlebectomy is that it removes the vein. Other
veins in the general vicinity may enlarge over time, but the vein removed by
microphlebectomy cannot reopen

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: The Kimmel Institute  |  Dr. Richard Kimmel
Boca Raton, FL

The scars, if they form, are about 1mm in size, usually the size of the
needle used to make the incision over the vein that is to be excised.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: General Vascular Surgery Group  |  Michael D. Ingegno, M.D.
Robert O’Neil Gingery, M.D.
Lamont D. Paxton, M.D.

San Ramon, CA

Microphlebectomy does involve removing small collapsed veins with small puncture incisions, so indeed there are frequently small transient reddish or brownish dots or freckles at the puncture sites which usually resolve within a few months. The spots however are minimal and usually not a cosmetic issue.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: VeinSolutions - Edina  |  
Edina, MN

The incision sites are small enough that they do not even require
stitches. Most patients will have some bruising or discoloration at the
sites for a few weeks, but no scarring.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: Angelo N. Makris MD   |  Angelo N. Makris, M.D. Interventional Radiology Center
Oak Brook, IL

The incisions for microphlebectomy are 2-3mm and require no stitches.
They are unnoticeable within 3 months of the procedure. Unless you form
keloids, they really shouldn't scar.

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