It can be a disturbing reality to learn you have spider veins, and you may even be tempted to wear long pants to cover and hide the fact that you have this condition. What is fortunate is that spider veins are actually a vein issue that is relatively easy to treat. Sure, these veins can become itchy and sore in certain cases, but fortunately you have not experienced that to be the case yet. However, the fact that they are cosmetically displeasing may be all the reason you need to go in to have our doctor remove them with a procedure known as sclerotherapy.
What Causes Spider Veins
Spider veins, like varicose veins, are the result of a structural problem within the veins themselves. What happens is that the valves inside the veins start to malfunction. This is a problem called valve incompetence. When this happens, blood backflows in the vein and starts to pool. If left untreated, this problem can continue to get worse over time. It is also important to note, spider veins can show up on your face too and are not just a problem with the veins in your legs.
Having Sclerotherapy on Spider Veins
When you make an appointment to have spider veins removed, you will want to prepare to wear something loose fitting or a pair of shorts. Our doctor will need to easily get to the area where the spider veins are on your legs to treat them with sclerotherapy. The procedure is fairly straightforward. Our doctor will insert a needle into the small veins. A solution will be administered through the needle that will cause the spider veins to scar and swell up on the inside. This will effectively prevent blood flow through the spider veins. Our doctor will need to apply a compression pad to the treated area if there are more spider veins that need to be treated. Over the next few weeks, your spider veins will have died off and the body will simply absorb and remove them as it would any other form of waste. With your spider veins gone, your body will redirect the blood through other vein-pathways in order to ensure that blood can make it back to your heart.
After sclerotherapy, you will pretty much be able to return to your normal activities. The thing to remember is that you probably shouldn’t do any strenuous lifting for the next couple of weeks as your body is healing from the procedure. Our team of professionals may want you to wear compression stockings over your legs to help with the healing process. The important thing is that with the spider veins gone, you will have your youthful looking legs back again.