Spider Vein Treatments
Spider vein treatment eliminates abnormally dilated small veins, otherwise known as spider veins, that affect the majority of woman and many men at some time in their lives. Spider vein removal eliminates ugly purple and red “broken” veins along with associated symptoms like aching, throbbing, excessive fatigue, itching, burning, and cramping. Unaware that any non-surgical remedy is available, many spider vein sufferers resign themselves to covering their legs at all times, even in the heat of summer. With modern refinements in available solutions and techniques, sclerotherapy is a safe and effective spider vein treatment. For larger varicose veins, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT®) and duplex-guided foam sclerotherapy have been proven to be extremely powerful treatment tools.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are most commonly found on the face and legs (although they can be found on other parts of the body). Spider veins are formed by the dilation of smaller blood vessels close to the skin surface. Spider veins usually do not pose a health threat, but can produce a dull ache in the legs after longer periods of standing.
Causes of Spider Veins
Both spider veins and larger varicose veins are caused by abnormally high pressure within the affected vein. In most cases the cause of this high pressure is hereditary. Larger varicose veins have abnormal valves that fail to keep blood flowing toward the heart. Blood flowing downward in the legs instead of upward causes the vein walls to stretch out until the vein bulges from the skin surface. A combination of high pressure and hormonal influences causes most cases of spider veins.
Spider Vein Removal
Spider veins – also known as telangiectasias or sunburst varicosities – are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. These veins are connected to deeper veins, and only a careful duplex ultasound examination can determine whether spider veins are being caused by a deeper abnormality. This type of ultrasound evaluation is done on every new patient in our office, even if there are only a few spider veins to be treated. Vein Specialists of Northern California employs sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy to remedy these damaged veins. Laser can be used to treat the smallest spider veins following sclerotherapy, but usually is not effective as a first-line treatment for spider veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy uses the body’s natural healing abilities to close off abnormal veins. After being injected with a liquid that irritates and slightly damages the lining of the vein, the body responds by filling the vein with scar tissue. Once flow is eliminated, the vein disintegrates. Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it’s unrealistic to believe that 100% of the visible veins will disappear completely as a result of treatment. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. Two or more sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results. Serious medical complications as a result of sclerotherapy or foam sclerotherapy are extremely rare.
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