Many people believe that varicose veins and spider veins develop as a result of aging. While it is true that aging is a factor in developing these unsightly veins, genetics is also a key factor. Spider and varicose veins are considered cosmetically undesirable because they are unsightly and cause an unhealthy-looking appearance.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, we’re proud to have several of the country’s leading experts in the treatment of these unsightly veins, which can form on both the face and legs. CLDerm’s own Dr. Mitchel Goldman is, in fact, a widely acclaimed expert in the field of veins and sclerotherapy vein treatments and has written or lectured extensively on these and related vascular topics, publishing multiple medical textbooks on the subject in 5 languages, some now in their 6th edition.
Due to their experience and skillful knowledge, our world-class skin care center in San Diego offers a variety of cutting-edge, safe, and highly effective skin treatment options to eliminate unwanted veins, including sclerotherapy.
What are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Although spider veins and varicose veins are different types of vein conditions, they do share similarities. In addition to being more common in women, both conditions can develop for similar reasons:
- Hormonal changes
- Trauma or injury
- Sun overexposure
- Previous vein surgery
Occupations that require long periods of standing, including retail sales, airline attendants, teaching or nursing, are also common factors in the formation of spider or varicose veins.
Large veins can form on the face but more typically develop on the legs, hands, and chest. They are often swollen and appear raised on the surface of the skin while twisting just below the surface. They swell as a result of an abnormal value within the vein, reversing the flow of blood and increasing the pressure inside the vessel, leading to the development of new veins downstream.
Due to the nature of these veins, they can cause cosmetic dissatisfaction and make one self-conscious; they can complicate one’s health, as well, because the unhealthy veins are taking blood from surrounding healthy veins. They may also cause pain by irritating sensory nerves.
Spider veins, on the other hand, are smaller and usually appear red, blue, or purplish as the veins branch out crookedly just beneath the skin of the legs or face. Although smaller and not as risky to one’s health, they may be unsightly.
Neither spider veins nor varicose veins are necessary, so removing them will not impact one’s body other than achieving clear, smooth skin. In fact, most people say that their legs feel better and lighter after removal of the unwanted veins because normal blood flow is reestablished.
And sclerotherapy spider vein treatment in San Diego is safe, simple and quick when performed appropriately.
What is Sclerotherapy?
The technology that drives sclerotherapy has been around for over 150 years, and it is still one of the safest, most successful spider vein removal methods available. A hardening solution (FDA-approved Asclera™ or Sotradecol™ or a glycerin solution) is injected directly into the vein, which causes it to dissolve. The vessel turns into hardened scar tissue over a few weeks and then slowly dissolves over a few months.
A single sclerotherapy session can destroy up to 90% of the injected veins. For the smaller spider veins, final results can be seen within two months while the larger varicose veins typically respond in 3-4 months. Results vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the vein issue, the number of injections, and patient overall health.
Common Areas the Benefit from Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is ideal for spider and varicose veins treatment on virtually any part of the leg and can even be used for the backs of the hands and chest.
Potential Side Effects and After-Care
The chances of serious side effects are extremely rare, especially in the hands of world-class dermatologists. Once the 15-30 minute procedure is finished, downtime is virtually nonexistent, as most patients go back to their normal day.
The most common side effects reported are mild redness, itching, and bruising. All side effects usually disappear within a week.
While downtime is almost nothing, patients are required to wear compression stockings continuously (even when bathing) during the first week after treatment to facilitate faster and more efficient healing. Depending on the size and extent of veins your doctor may recommend continuing to wear the stockings during the day for another 1-2 weeks
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
The number of spider vein treatments depends on the extent of veins. A general guideline is 2-3 sessions to achieve the best results.
Read more about treating unwanted veins with a sclerosing agent, visit WebMD.com.
The Right Candidates for Vein Therapy
Sclerotherapy is the ideal treatment for anyone wanting a safe, successful, minimally invasive treatment for unsightly veins. Patients with busy schedules or with an aversion to surgery are often well suited to the simple vein treatment.
However, the best way to know is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified vein specialist.
Schedule a Consultation with Vein Experts Today
Don’t let unsightly varicose veins or spider veins adversely impact your life. Now is the time to gain the confidence to show off your clear, smooth legs. To learn more sclerotherapy vein treatment, contact our preeminent vein experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego by calling 858.943.2113 or contacting us online to schedule a consultation.
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