For the treatment of spider veins, which are the clusters of tiny red and/or blue vessels that are actually present on the skin surface, we have two different approaches-surface laser and injections.
Despite the overwhelming prevalence of vein disease, there is a serious lack of understanding about its symptoms and treatment. The devoted physicians at Illinois Vein Specialists recognize the need for raising awareness about vein disease, so we will be dispelling the most common and detrimental myths about its effects and treatment over the next several months.
Spider Veins are small blue and purple veins that appear in the surface of the skin. They generally appear on the legs near or around the knee, upper thigh, and ankles. Common causes of spider veins are family history, trauma, pregnancy, the release of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, and prolonged periods of standing.
Spider veins are a problem for nearly one in three women and one in five men. Not only are they often considered unsightly, they can cause discomfort and occur as a result of underlying conditions related to circulation. Spider veins occur when veins near the surface of the skin stretch out to the point where they contain an excess of blood, making them more visible.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to eradicate spider veins from the surface of the skin. This treatment involves injecting damaged surface veins on the legs with a solution which hardens the veins, causing them to dissolve. This procedure is most often used to treat surface veins, but it can also treat deeper ones if it is carried out by a trained technician using an ultrasound.
Many patients are unsure about what to expect after they have undergone treatment for their varicose veins. Thankfully, vein treatments are non-invasive and generally pose little risk for complications during recovery. Your physician will explain detailed aftercare instructions and answer any questions you might have that are specific to your individual case.