Varicose and spider veins are problems for many men and women of middle age and older. We tend to develop these veins as we age, and while they are not necessary for bodily functioning, they can be unsightly and cause embarrassment and self-consciousness, especially if the veins are particularly large or dark. The difference between varicose and spider veins is that varicose veins tend to be large and bulging, while spider veins are small, dark, and twisting. These types of veins often appear together, although they can also appear separately.

Sclerosing Agent Treatment

Luckily, there are solutions available to reduce or even eliminate varicose and spider veins. One of the most popular treatments for unwanted veins on the legs, hands, and chest is a sclerosing agent treatment, also known as sclerotherapy. This treatment has been around for decades and is safe, efficient, relatively painless, and quick. During a sclerotherapy treatment, a special medicine called a sclerosing agent is injected into the vein. This medicine then dissolves the vein from the inside, allowing it to collapse and be naturally absorbed by the body.

When searching for a sclerotherapy specialist in San Diego on your varicose or spider veins, it is important to choose carefully. The doctors at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are all experts who have years of experience performing sclerotherapy treatments on men and women of all ages. In fact, Dr. Mitchel Goldman, the director of the center, has written textbooks on the subject and is considered one of the foremost experts in the field.

Other treatments for varicose and spider veins include laser therapy and the brand-new VenaSeal vein closure system. Which treatment is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including the location and severity of your unwanted veins.

In this image, a series of injections to correct unwanted spider and varicose veins are shown.


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*Please note: Free in-person consultations are available with Dr. Loyal, Leysin Fletcher, PA-C, and medical aesthetician Farzaneh Momeni-Salami, while all consultations with Drs. Goldman, Butterwick, Groff, Fabi, Wu, and Boen are subject to a $250 fee that will be applied towards your treatment. Promotions are not available with Dr. Goldman. We do not accept insurance for any of our procedures. Any questions – feel free to call us at 858.943.2113.