Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They begin as tiny capillaries and appear as blue or red squiggles. They are small red, blue or purple veins that commonly appear on the surface of the thighs, calves and ankles. It’s estimated that at least one third of the adult female population is troubled with this common problem. People often seek treatment for spider veins because of cosmetic concerns. However, it is also common for spider veins to cause symptoms, such as aching, heaviness, itching and night cramps.
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Spider Veins Treatment
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
A common form of treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy. This is an in-office procedure where veins are painlessly injected with a solution, using small needles, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. The procedure typically improves not only the cosmetic appearance but associated symptoms as well. A few sessions may be required to obtain maximum benefit.
During sclerotherapy, the affected leg is elevated to drain blood, and the sclerosant is injected into the spider vein. The procedure normally takes 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how many spider veins are treated. You may need repeated sessions and many injections per session, depending on the extent of the spider veins and type of sclerosant used.
Lasers may also be used to treat spider veins. During laser treatment, intense light is directed to the veins, eliminating them permanently. Lasers are especially suited to treat small spider veins when a needle cannot be used.
Bruising occasionally occurs in the area treated after laser treatments and lasts for a few days. The cost of laser treatment for spider veins is usually higher compared to sclerotherapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Spider Veins?
- Will I get more spider veins after treatment?
Sclerotherapy and Laser do not prevent the development of new spider veins and varicosities later in life. Many people require further treatment from in the years after to keep their legs clear.
- What are the Risks associated with Sclerotherapy?
As the veins close, they become mildly inflamed, and may feel lumpy and tender. This takes several weeks to clear. Veins often look worse immediately after the procedure. Temporary bruising and swelling is should be expected. Some patients complain of an itchy sensation after treatment for a day or two.
It is important for you to wear compression stocking for 1-3 weeks after treatment to reduce the risk of bruising and swelling or other complications. This will help seal the treated vessels, and reduce the development of dark spots. It can reduce the number of treatments necessary, and the possibility of recurrence.