spider_veinsWhat are spider veins?

Spider Veins are red small veins in the skin, the usually are a cosmetic problem with minor or no symptoms. Are treated with sclerotherapy, an injection with a very small needle into the spider veins.

What is the treatment for spider veins?

Spider veins are treated with a combination of laser, and injections. Injections or sclerotherapy is the gold standard for the treatment of spider veins. Sclerotherapy causes the vessel walls to become damaged and then the body reabsorbs the damaged spider vein much like it would a bruise. The laser may be used in conjunction to decrease the size of the vein and cause a double injury to that treated vein. Not all patients are candidates for laser. By incorporating LASER we are able to reduce the total number of treatments.

How many sessions will I need?

Most patients require 3-5 monthly sessions (one spider vein treatment every 30 days). Each treatment session takes about 20 minutes with minimal to no discomfort. Compression stockings are worn for 2 days to minimize bruising.

Are there any complications?

Injections or Sclerotherapy is very safe but with any procedure, there are some minor potential risks. The most common is mild itching and bruising. This itching resolves in a matter of minutes and the bruising resolves in 5-7 days. There have been rare reported cases of allergic reaction and on occasion, a small sore can occur at the injection site that resolves in 4-6 weeks.

Are the treatments painful?

The Sclerotherapy procedure requires that a very small needle be used and many patients are pleased that they can hardly tell they are being injected. The solution is not painful which makes Sclerotherapy a mostly pain free procedure. If there is post procedural pain, over the counter pain reducers like, Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen is all that will be required.