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What You Need to Know About Spider Vein Removal

Spider veins are unflattering, visible veins in the legs. They are generally smaller than their larger counterpart, varicose. Spider veins appear for a variety of reasons, but the good news is that skin professionals can easily treat them to restore natural-looking legs and boost your confidence. One of the primary treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy, a safe and convenient procedure.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are essentially damaged veins where the blood accumulates and puts pressure on the vein. As the vein walls weaken, spider veins become visible.

Spider veins can appear for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Genetics
  • Sitting or standing for hours most days
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Sunlight
  • Hormonal changes

People may not develop painful signs for a while, but mild symptoms generally appear. Swelling in your feet and ankles is one of the two most common signs. The other is any pain, aches, and/or tiredness in your legs, especially if you remain sitting or standing for a prolonged period.

How Do You Get Rid of Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment that scars and closes the damaged veins so the blood can circulate through healthy veins. It can target spider veins in your legs, thighs, and ankles. You generally require 1 to 4 injections per area, depending on the severity of your spider veins. Your health provider will determine the correct spacing between each injection, but it is common to wait 3 months between treatments.

Sclerotherapy is easy to schedule because one session normally lasts 30 minutes and does not require local anesthetics. Possible side effects include swelling, itching, and redness in the targeted area, but these go away on their own within a few days. Some bruising may last up to 2 weeks post-injection and your doctor may recommend compression socks for the first week.

Sclerotherapy doesn’t disrupt your daily activities and results become visible after the first treatment. Reduction of your spider veins will increase with each injection.

Advanced Dermatology Center offers sclerotherapy to help remove your spider veins. Call us today at (818) 284-4003 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.