Spider Vein Treatment
The fine red or purple lines that many people have under the surface of the skin of their legs are known as spider veins. They are the result of a mild form of venous insufficiency. While spider veins themselves are usually not a serious medical condition, they can be unsightly and may be associated with localized symptoms including discomfort, itching and skin burning. In certain situations, they may also be prone to bleeding, especially with shaving of one’s legs.
We offer a variety of safe and effective treatments for spider veins. One of the most commonly used is sclerotherapy. A medication, known as a sclerosing agent, is injected through a tiny needle directly into the abnormal veins. This irritates the inner lining of the veins, causing them to collapse and fade. It is performed in the office, with a typical session of sclerotherapy lasting approximately15-20 minutes.
Asclera (polidocanol) is one of the sclerosing agents that is used for the treatment of spider veins and small varicose veins. It is safe, effective and has the added benefit of not causing the burning pain that was associated with some of the older sclerosing agents like saline.
While sclerotherapy is usually very effective in improving the appearance of spider veins, the results are not immediate. It usually takes a few weeks for the treated veins to begin to fade and repeat treatments may be needed to obtain the best results. With patience and proper follow up, marked improvement is usually obtained. Individuals can return to their usual activities immediately following treatment. The use of compression stockings is often recommended and direct sun exposure should be avoided for a period of time after treatment. Your doctor will provide you with information and instructions specific to your situation.