Telangiectasia is the official name for spider veins. They are similar to varicose veins in that they are swollen veins that hold blood, but while varicose veins can also be deep in the leg, spider veins are just under the surface of the skin. Sclerotherapy is one of the best spider vein removal treatments. The other effective treatment is laser therapy with Excel V.
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Most people are good candidates for spider vein removal, but the best way to find out is to show your veins to our professionals. During a consultation, your medical history may be requested and you may have a physical exam. You should not be pregnant or breastfeeding. You can wait until after you deliver and finish breastfeeding before having your spider veins removed.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical, usually saline solution, directly into the spider vein. The chemical makes the blood coagulate and damages the vein wall. The destroyed vein seals and is gradually absorbed by the surrounding tissue. Some people cannot tolerate any type of needle or are allergic to the chemical. For them, laser therapy may be recommended.
You may not be a good candidate for sclerotherapy if you have:
• A history of blood clotting
• Cardiovascular disease
• Pre-existing cancer
• Coagulation disorder
If you smoke, you will be asked to quit for at least six weeks before and after the treatment as smoking interferes with tissue healing.
In this treatment, our trained technician focuses the laser on your spider veins. You and the technician will wear eye protection. The photons transmitted by the laser are absorbed by the blood cells in the vein. This produces heat and destroys the vein. It gradually shrinks and fades away. Laser therapy is the treatment of choice for spider veins on the face. It is rarely used for spider veins on the legs.
If laser therapy is your best option, you will be asked to stay out of the sun for two weeks before and after the treatment. You should also avoid any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin for a few weeks as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
For both procedures, the treated vein will be pressed by the doctor to make sure the vein is closed. You may be asked to wear compression stockings for a few weeks to keep the vein closed.
Spider veins are rarely a serious medical problem, but they can be unsightly and embarrassing, especially during the summer months. Spider veins develop more often in women than men and are usually red or purple. When you visit Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers, you can learn more about the different treatments for spider vein removal. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!