Microphlebectomy in Los Angeles

While they are usually unharmful, many patients find that varicose veins can impact their self-confidence and how they feel about their appearance. Thankfully, treatments like microphlebectomy, which targets varicose veins, can eliminate them and help patients find relief from the pain or discomfort they can cause.


At LA Vein Center in Sherman Oaks, California, Dr. Lee and our dedicated team prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. We offer a range of services to help you achieve smooth, vein-free skin.

What Is Microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making several tiny incisions in the skin to remove varicose veins that sit just underneath the surface. Although patients may begin to feel a light pinprick sensation during the procedure, this treatment is usually not painful as each surgical slit is quite small. After this technique, patients can enjoy their varicose-vein-free appearance for a lifetime.

What to Expect During a Microphlebectomy

During a microphlebectomy, Dr. Lee will first mark the veins to be treated while you’re standing to identify the problem areas. Once the veins are marked, you will lie down comfortably and we’ll apply local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. 


Dr. Lee will then make several tiny incisions along the vein and use specialized hooks to gently remove it through these incisions. The procedure usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number and size of veins being treated. Afterward, compression bandages are applied to aid healing and reduce swelling. You can expect to resume normal activities shortly after the procedure, although you should avoid high-intensity activities for a short period.

Who Is a Candidate for Microphlebectomy?

Patients who have varicose veins close to the skin’s surface and are suffering from pain or discomfort in the legs because of them may benefit the most from a microphlebectomy. Candidates should be in overall good health and free from active skin infections.


If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any other underlying health conditions that may affect your skin’s ability to heal from wounds, this treatment may not be suitable for you. This treatment is also not recommended for patients who may be prone to blood clotting.

Why Choose LA Vein Center?

At LA Vein Center, you’ll receive care from Dr. Larisse Lee, a vascular surgeon with a remarkable background. Dr. Lee completed her general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and her Vascular Surgery Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Board-certified in both Vascular and General Surgery, Dr. Lee has received numerous accolades, including a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Lee is also a noted researcher and presenter, with publications in multiple peer-reviewed journals. Her dedication to advancing vascular surgery means you’ll receive the most current and effective treatments available. At LA Vein Center, Dr. Lee and her team prioritize your comfort, safety, and satisfaction, providing exceptional care and results for all your vein treatment needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Adults in the U.S. Have Varicose Veins?

Approximately 23% of adults in the U.S. are affected by varicose veins. This condition is more common in women, but men can also experience varicose veins.

What Are the Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins often present as swollen, twisted veins visible just under the skin. Common symptoms include a heavy or achy feeling in the legs, burning, throbbing, muscle cramping, and swelling in the lower legs. Additionally, some individuals might experience itching around the veins and changes in skin color in the affected area.

What Are the Benefits of Microphlebectomy?

The benefits of microphlebectomy include the complete removal of visible varicose veins, relief from pain or discomfort caused by the veins, minimal scarring due to the small incisions, and a quick recovery time with little to no downtime required.

Are There Any Risks With Microphlebectomy?

Besides the small stinging or pinprick sensation during the procedure, there are typically no serious risks involved with a microphlebectomy. Because the incisions for this treatment are so minimal, there is usually no scarring.

What Is Recovery Like After a Microphlebectomy?

There is little to no downtime at all. You can walk and return to your normal routines immediately after a microphlebectomy treatment. However, it’s important to avoid high-intensity activity for the next two weeks. We may recommend compression socks and bandages while you recover to keep your skin protected and prevent blood clots for several weeks. However, most patients don’t need to take time off work to recover, as this procedure doesn't significantly impact their ability to walk and move around.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Once the varicose vein has been removed, there is no risk of that vein appearing again in the future. This treatment results in permanent removal. However, patients need to maintain realistic expectations regarding this surgery. Keep in mind that as the body ages, new varicose veins may pop up and form again. If that happens, the team at LA Vein Center will be happy to welcome all patients back for a follow-up procedure.

What Are the Contraindications for Microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy is not suitable for patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have underlying health conditions that may affect their skin's ability to heal from wounds. It is also not recommended for patients prone to blood clotting or those with active skin infections.

What Are Other Options for Treating Varicose Veins?

Other options for treating varicose veins include sclerotherapyVarithenaradiofrequency ablation, and lifestyle changes such as exercise, weight management, and wearing compression stockings. Each treatment option has its own benefits and risks, and Dr. Lee can help determine the best course of action for your case.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you tired of hiding your legs? Are your varicose veins causing you discomfort? It’s time to book your appointment with the LA Vein Center. To learn more about our microphlebectomy treatment, contact us by clicking here or calling (818) 325-0400 to schedule a consultation at our office in Sherman Oaks, CA.

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“I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Lee, and will definitely recommend her and will be going back. She thoroughly explained the procedure and answered all my questions before starting my treatment. Her office is immaculate and her staff is very friendly.”

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