If you have unattractive, enlarged blue or purple veins on the thigh or calf, this indicates the symptoms of venous disease. These are known as varicose veins. You may also suffer from cosmetically unappealing spider veins. These too can cause concern as you may feel compromised in your attractiveness and quality of life owing to the existence of these highly visible, small veins on your legs.
Though generally not painful, there may be no more unsightly condition than varicose or spider veins. If you are like 40% of the American population that have spider veins, solutions are possible.
Proven to deliver excellent clinical and aesthetic results, laser treatment for vein diseases is one of the options we offer. 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 in 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 individual conditions.
Following laser treatment, patients are required to wear a compression stocking for 1-2 weeks to sustain vein pressure. Walking is encouraged immediately after the procedure and normal activity can be resumed within 24 hours. However, vigorous physical activity should be avoided until complete healing has occurred. Mild bruising or swelling might occur but will subside gradually. Limiting sun exposure will further reduce the risk of complications. The results from laser treatment are long lasting, but the condition might recur due to prolonged sun exposure or genetic developments.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for effectively treating varicose and spider veins. These are often seen as red or blue blood vessel lines across the thighs or legs. Varicose and spider veins appear raised and often cause pain and discomfort, especially after standing or sitting all day.
The procedure is nearly painless and safe. The affect of sclerotherapy may last up to two years, but recurrence may happen and treatment will have to be repeated. 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, which eliminates the need for a surgical procedure.
After the treatment, patients might need to wear a medical support hose to encourage proper blood flow. This will reduce bruising and help prevent certain conditions in post-operative patients. 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.