Large, unsightly veins that create a bump on the skin’s surface are called varicose veins. Smaller visible veins are called spider veins. While varicose veins often have a lumpy appearance, and can be painful, spider veins are also a problem, as they are unsightly, and can make it impossible to be comfortable in certain types of clothing.
If you are like 40% of the American population that have spider veins, we offer treatments to resolve the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins. Modern technology has made it possible to resolve these ugly veins without the need for painful surgery, and our team of professionals has several methods available, including laser treatment and sclerotherapy.
If you are plagued by unsightly veins, the latest advances in treatment make it possible to restore an even skin texture and color without surgery. The technology we have at our fingertips allows us to treat these unsightly veins and give you back the freedom to wear what you want, when you want. We treat these cosmetic issues without surgery, including:
Proven to deliver excellent clinical and aesthetic results, laser treatment for visible veins is one of the most effective treatments for spider veins. The treatment is minimally invasive, causes no scarring and has a relatively short recovery period.
The treatment area is locally anesthetized. A burst of light is emitted into the treatment area and absorbed by the blood vessels within the skin. These blood vessels are coagulated and then reabsorbed by the body during the natural healing process. Treatment sessions may vary from 15-30 minutes and multiple treatments may be required depending on the patient’s individual condition.
Following laser treatment, patients are required to wear a compression stocking for 1-2 weeks to sustain pressure on the area. Walking is encouraged immediately after the procedure and normal activity can be resumed within 24 hours. However, vigorous physical activity should be avoided until the area is fully healed. Mild bruising or swelling may occur, and subsides gradually. We advise limiting sun exposure to reduce the risk of complications. The results from laser treatment are long-lasting, with the veins treated shed by the body.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for treating varicose veins, as well as spider veins. These are often seen as red, purple or blue blood vessel lines across the thighs or legs.
The procedure is almost painless and safe for patients. The results achieved with sclerotherapy may last up to two years, but for some patients, it may need to be repeated as time passes. Regular exercise and avoiding prolonged standing or sitting and wearing support hose can prevent vein and vascular conditions.
Sclerotherapy is a safe outpatient procedure requiring no recovery time or anesthesia. The procedure is performed by injection. Our Center uses Asclera to treat spider and varicose veins in the thighs or legs. Asclera is a prescription medicine used in sclerotherapy which was approved by the FDA in March 2010. The injected solution often acts as a trigger to treat the surrounding vein ‘web’ and results in the treatment of an entire area. A typical treatment may last for 15-30 minutes and consist of multiple injections. This is a safe, non-invasive treatment, and is non-surgical.
After the treatment, patients might need to wear a medical support hose to encourage proper blood flow. This will reduce bruising and help prevent any problems during the healing process. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the procedure, but rigorous activities should be avoided for the first 24 hours.