Endovenous Laser Ablation

An effective alternative to traditional surgical methods of treating varicose and spider veins, Endovenous Laser Ablation surgery uses laser to heat and eliminate the affected veins. The heat produces a steam bubble inside the vein, which destroys the vein walls. As the effected vein collapses, the body naturally absorbs the dead tissue.

Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation

Can be safely performed in a doctor’s office as opposed to an operating room
Requires only a local anesthetic
Widely regarded to be fast, lasting only about 30-60 minutes per leg
Does not need sutures and leaves no scars
Minimal downtime with most patients able to resume daily activities immediately after treatment
Minimal discomfort and very low risk of serious complications

Steps Involved

1. The affected vein is located using ultrasound imaging and marked with a pen
2. A very small incision is made at the affected site
3. A catheter is inserted through the incision and positioned inside the vein
4. The laser fiber is inserted through the catheter to heat the vein
5. After the heat seals the vein, the incision is covered with a bandagee vein,

Possible Side Effects

Most patients experience only minimal or no discomfort after the procedure
Temporary numbness
Deep vein thrombosis (e.g., formation of a blood clot in the deep veins in the leg)
Thrombophlebitis (e.g., inflammatory process causing formation of a blood clot that is eventually absorbed by the body)

Dr. Lee Au

Dr. Au is also has specialty training for treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. He has had special training and certification by Covidien Medical for minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins.


Currently, Dr. Au treats patients in the Inland Empire, Beverly Hills, and Apple Valley. While his primary professional interests lie in the field of bariatric and general surgery, Dr. Au has also established himself as a top laser treatment specialist in the Greater Los Angeles Area. He uses advanced laser technology to perform hair removal procedures with safe and effective results. In addition, Dr. Au has earned a well-deserved reputation as an expert varicose and spider vein specialist. He employs minimally-invasive therapy procedure to address problem veins.
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