What are Spider Veins?
Most of us have a few of these pesky veins popping up on our legs or ankles. They are tiny red, purple or blue veins that may be visible on the surface of the skin. They are very common in women as we age, mostly to due to sitting or standing for long periods of time and, for many women, it is simply genetics.
Fade those Spider Veins.
Treating spider veins is one of Dr Erin’s specialties. We will examine your legs for both spider and varicose veins. Varicose veins are larger and can cause pain. Those types of veins we are unable to treat and a vascular surgeon may be indicated prior to treating smaller spider veins. If we were to treat the spider veins prior to addressing varicose veins, it is possible the treatment may not be effective. We provide a complementary consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Sclerotherapy treatment at our office in Scottsdale, Az
What to expect at your Scleotherapy session
We use a solution called Polidocanol, which is a sclerosing agent that causes minimal discomfort and side effects. A very tiny needle is used to inject the solution into the spider veins. You may feel a slight discomfort during the treatment time, which is about 30 minutes. During that time we will inject as many vessels as possible, which is almost always enough time to treat both legs, back and front.
Most patients will need 2-4 sessions to fade the spider veins 70-80%. Following treatments Level 1 compression hose must be worn for a week to receive the optimal results.
You are encouraged to minimize physical activity for one week. If you over work the vessels you risk opening up the treated veins, which may affect results.
Lasers vs. Injections.
Laser treatments of spider veins is another alternative to sclerotherapy. These treatments use large bursts of light directed into the vein. This can be a painful treatment and can not be used on all types of skin. Lasers are only effective for small veins that are too tiny for a needle. Larger vessels will not respond well to lasers. In most patients, sclerotherapy can effectively treat spider veins without laser treatments.
How to prevent Spider Veins.
You can keep your veins healthy in a few different ways. Exercise is a major contributor to healthy veins, it keeps your muscles active and supports the flow of blood through the vessels. Exercising 30 minutes a day or more can keep your vessels healthy. If you do work long hours on your feet on sitting, wearing compression hose daily can help prevent new vein formation.
Vitamin C and bioflavanoids are specific nutrients that feed the vessels and support collagen production. Bioflavanoids can be found in certain foods, like blueberries, cherries and raspberries. Eating several servings of vegetables daily also prevents spider veins.
We are now offering Sclerotherapy treatments at Skin Savvy Aesthetics in Scottsdale, Az. Please contact us at 480-409-2902 with any questions or to schedule your free consultation. Say hello to wearing shorts in the summer!