So you think you'll never comfortably wear shorts again because of those spider veins on your legs? Think again. There are several treatment options available that for eliminating, collapsing and shrinking those unsightly veins and restoring the appearance of your skin to its original state.
Some estimates place half of the adult female population of the US with this unsightly vein condition. Spider vein treatment can significantly diminish the appearance of existing spider veins, however, it cannot prevent new ones from occurring.
Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, and are sometimes referred to as telangiectasias, or sunburst varicosities. Spider veins are tiny veins that lie just below the surface of the skin, and are connected to your larger vein system but aren't necessary for circulation. Varicose Veins are similar to spider veins, but usually refer to larger veins that bulge and may require a different type of treatment or surgery.
What causes spider veins?
Lots of everyday factors contribute to the problem. Some of the common causes are occupational, like standing or sitting for extended periods of time. Other causes can include hormonal imbalance, side effect of medication, rapid weight gain, pregnancy, or simply heredity.
How does sclerotherapy work?
The doctor simply injects sclerosing solution into the vein, causing it to shrink and fade from the surface of the skin. Having this treatment can also reduce the symptoms that are commonly associated with spider veins, including, burning, cramping and swelling. It is predictable, effective, and largely pain free.
There are very few risks involved, but certain patients have experienced small blood clots that form in the veins, or allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution. Another complication that may occur is a change in pigmentation that takes some time to fade.