What are Spider Veins?
Also called telangiectasia's, spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin. They're caused by increased pressure in the veins, which can be a result of standing for long periods. For this reason, people in certain fields such as nursing and teaching are often more susceptible to developing spider veins. However, they may also be hereditary.
Spider veins are often blue, red, or purple, and have the appearance of a spider web, which is how they got their name. They're most often found on the face and legs.
Sclerotherapy is a popular method of eliminating spider veins and small varicose veins using a solution called a sclerosing agent.
The sclerosing agent is injected into the veins to break down the vein wall.
Does sclerotherapy work for everyone?
The majority of individuals who receive sclerotherapy treatments will have visible improvement or clearing of the veins completely. However, there is no guarantee that sclerotherapy will be effective in every case. Some veins may be too small for sclerotherapy and may require laser treatment. All sclerotherapy patients should wear compression hose for
2 weeks following treatment.
Can be combined with Laser therapy
The GentleMax Pro system uses laser technology, directing powerful yet gentle light-based energy into the skin.
Laser vein removal is an easy, fast, and effective way to treat superficial veins.
The laser uses a focused beam of light. In the treatment of veins, the wavelength of light is targeted to the pigment in the blood. The laser heats up the small vein and destroys it. The laser beam is focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.
It is generally recommended that the treatments be spaced four to six weeks apart. If new veins appear, additional treatments are required for optimum results.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed to clear or improve varicose or spider veins differ for each person. The number of treatments can range from one to six, with the average number being three or four. Individual veins may require more than one treatment. Over time, as we age, more veins may appear. These vessels may be treated as well, but optional.
What are the most common side effects?
The most common side effects experienced with sclerotherapy are:
- Itching: You may experience mild itching along the vein route. This normally lasts 1-2 days
- Transient Hyperpigmentation: Some patients may notice a darkening of the vein immediately after the procedure. In rare instances the darkening may persist for 4 to 12 months. This can be corrected with a medication to lighten the area.
- Sloughing: Sloughing consists of a small, slowly healing ulceration at the injection site. A blister may form, open and become ulcerated. The scar that follows should return to a normal color.
- Allergic reactions: Very rarely a patient may have an allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent. This risk is greater in patients who have a history of allergic reactions.
- Pain: A few patients may experience moderate to severe pain and some bruising around the injection site. The veins may be tender to the touch after treatment and an uncomfortable sensation may be felt along the vein route. This pain is usually temporary, lasting 1 to 7 days.
What to expect after the procedure?
Patients are encouraged to resume all normal activities immediately. Final results may not be apparent for several months. Most patients are satisfied by the results in a very short time.
The results of laser treatment for spider veins are not immediate. After the treatment, the vessels underneath the skin will gradually change from a dark blue to light red color, then eventually disappearing in two to six weeks.
Most patients report a high degree of satisfaction with the procedure and relief at no longer having to hide unsightly veins. The treated areas are noticeably clearer and in most cases the skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.
The majority of spider veins will disappear within two to four weeks, and in some cases even longer. Depending on the size and number of veins, two to six treatments will be needed.
The treatments are usually done 4-6 weeks apart. Those with a tendency towards vascular problems will most likely require additional treatments.
Graduated compression stockings and/or bandages are worn over the treatment area for one to three weeks to maintain pressure on the treated veins. Most people can return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.
You should avoid sun exposure in the treatment area for two weeks following the procedure.