For those people dealing with the unwanted appearance of spider veins on their legs, confidence and self-esteem can be a daily struggle. Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They commonly appear on the face or leg, in a shape similar to a spider or a spider web, in either red or blue. The providers of the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, use the cosmetic dermatology procedure known as sclerotherapy to effectively treat these unattractive veins on legs, whereas vascular laser is often used to treat the ones on the face.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of spider veins, including genetics, pregnancy, changes in hormones, and weight gain. Spider veins develop due to a backup of blood in certain veins, which may occur when the valves in the veins are unable to keep blood from flowing backwards as it moves up the legs. The blood then collects in the vein, eventually becoming visible under the surface of the skin.
Our providers who specialize in general and cosmetic dermatologic procedures, state that sclerotherapy is still the most effective treatment for spider veins. During sclerotherapy, a sclerosing solution is injected into the affected veins, causing them to gradually disappear. Although the actual procedure of sclerotherapy has remained similar for decades, the solutions used in sclerotherapy have greatly evolved over time, resulting in much less discomfort than previously. Three years ago, the FDA approved Polidocanol, also known as Asclera, which has resulted in virtually painless sclerotherapy with minimal side effects. Two to four sclerotherapy sessions are typically required to fully eliminate the appearance of spider veins.
The sclerotherapy procedure is most effective for small more superficial red or blue veins, not for larger bulging varicose veins. The treatment does not require any anesthesia and patients can return to their normal activities within a few days.
Our providers recommend that their patients wear compression stockings for the first few days following the procedure, in order to improve the results.
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery our providers believe that no one should feel like they have to live with or feel embarrassed about having spider veins. Spider veins are easily treatable with sclerotherapy and we have seen great success with it. We encourage anyone dealing with spider veins to consult a board-certified dermatologist in their area who has experience in treating leg veins.
Call us at 503-297-3440 and make a consultation appointment for sclerotherapy.