Sclerotherapy

Advanced Non-Invasive Way to Remove Spider Veins Forever

If you have noticed a tangled mesh of red and blue lines marring your calves and thighs just under the skin, you have what is known as spider veins. More than 80 million Americans of all ages suffer from spider or reticular veins. It’s an unsightly problem that can impact your confidence and self-esteem.

Spider and reticular veins indicate that the blood flow from your heart to your limbs is being interrupted. You’ll notice red, blue, or purple looking veins under the skin, often in a patch of twisting color. Although that can sound scary, this condition is harmless, even if it is quite noticeable.

Veins like this belong to a disease state known as venous hypertension or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). It’s a disorder affecting vein function.

A normal vein conducts blood flow from the heart to your extremities, working hard against gravity to push nutrition and oxygen to all the corners of your body. As the body sends blood outward from the heart, each delicate vein structure has a value that opens as blood flows through and then shuts to prevent a backwash of pooled blood. When that vein malfunctions, it can begin to twist, resulting in three types of vein conditions.

Spider veins are the smallest of the CVI conditions. Reticular veins are larger than spider veins. Finally, varicose veins can be quite large, noticeable, and even painful. They require a different level of treatment beyond what we use for spider and reticular veins.

Sclerotherapy is the best method for treating the first two of these veins: spider and reticular veins.

Sclerotherapy, also called injection therapy, works by injecting saline or another chemical irritant into the broken vein. The chemical makes the vein swell and close shut. When blood flow is cut off, scar tissue will develop and the spider or reticular vein will fade from your skin. Healthy blood vessels in the area will simply reroute blood flow and compensate for the sealed-off veins.
Sclerotherapy is highly effective for treating spider or reticular veins. Your doctor will inject a solution directly into the malfunctioning vein to seal it off. The collapsed vein is simply reabsorbed by the body and fades away. Typically, this process works internally in the body over a period of a few weeks, although sclerotherapy sessions tend to take about 15-minutes to one hour. To dissolve all of the spider or reticular veins you’re experiencing, several of these in-office procedures may be necessary.

To prepare for the sclerotherapy, your doctor will conduct a full medical history and may order an ultrasound to image the area. For the procedure, you’ll lie on your back or stomach on a medical exam table, depending on where the spider or reticular veins are located. After cleansing the area, the doctor will use a syringe to slowly inject the solution into the vein. The solution typically includes a discomfort reliever called lidocaine. After the injection, the doctor will massage the area to disperse the solution.

If the veins being treated are on the legs you may wear a support hose to compress the area for a few weeks after the surgery. You’ll want to avoid sun exposure and vigorous exercise during this time.

Sclerotherapy is a safe, non-surgical alternative to remove spider and reticular veins. The procedure can be used for:

  • Cosmetic appearance, to improve how you look
  • Other related symptoms can improve, such as any burning or aching you may feel
  • To prevent the spider or reticular condition from evolving into varicose veins

The procedure cannot be used for the more severe varicose veins, however.

Spider veins and reticular veins can occur simply from heredity. If your mother and father suffered from CVI and had spider veins, you are more likely to experience it, as well. Some other causes for the condition include:

  • Hormone imbalances from pregnancy
  • Injury or other illness
  • Obesity or inactivity
  • Occupational stressors such as prolonged standing

The good news about spider or reticular veins is that they occur just under the skin’s surface. They don’t carry a large blood supply, so erasing them with the sclerotherapy procedure is not only effective, but carries a high patient satisfaction rate.

You don’t have to be embarrassed by spider or reticular veins anymore. Coastal Med Spa offers the safe and effective sclerotherapy procedure. Click here for a free consultation.

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