Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment (Sclerotherapy)
The Quick Facts
Length of Procedure: 15 to 45 minutes
In or Outpatient Procedure: Outpatient
About Spider & Varicose Veins
Spider veins, or telangiectasia, are a group of tiny, dilated blood vessels that often develop in the face and legs of many people as they age. Spider veins are usually difficult to camouflage with makeup or stockings, and for that reason many seek treatment.
Varicose veins are veins that become swollen with pooled blood due to weak or damaged vein valves. Varicose veins can develop due to genetics, aging, gender, pregnancy, obesity, lack of movement, or physical trauma. Many people seek treatment for varicose veins due to medical problems or for cosmetic purposes.
Most spider veins & varicose veins are benign and won’t cause any medical problems, but it’s always best to consult with a doctor if you are concerned.
Spider & Varicose Vein Procedure Methods
Treatment for spider veins has evolved over the years, now focusing on two methods: lasers and sclerotherapy. The method most appropriate for your circumstance depends on a variety of factors, including the size and location of the veins. Whether treated with a laser or sclerotherapy, effective treatment for spider veins is now performed on a daily basis with a negligible recovery period.*
LASER TREATMENT FOR SPIDER VEINS
As laser technology has improved, spider veins of the face can often be treated with minimal or no bruising at all. The underlying spider veins are effectively removed in one or two brief sessions while the overlying skin is left undamaged, avoiding the need for any recovery time.* In most cases, people are able to return to work and their usual activities immediately following the treatment.
SCLEROTHERAPY TREATMENT FOR VARICOSE VEINS
Larger veins of the legs are treated by sclerotherapy. This rather simple procedure involves injecting a solution into the varicose veins using a very fine gauge needle. This solution causes the veins to collapse and fade.* In addition to the cosmetic benefit, sclerotherapy may also remedy the uncomfortable symptoms associated with varicose veins, including aching, burning, swelling and night cramps.*
Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Videos
For additional information on Sclerotherapy and Spider Vein Treatment, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this procedure.
* Disclaimer: Individual results may vary and specific results are not guaranteed.