Spider veins, known medically as telangiectasia, are unsightly blood vessels that are visible near the surface of the skin and typically develop on the face and legs but may also appear on the hands and chest. Not only can these veins make you feel self-conscious, in some cases, they may even be painful, particularly if you have larger veins on your legs.
At Pima Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists offer sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure available to safely treat and eliminate spider veins, as well as other vascular conditions.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a technique for eliminating unsightly vein conditions. The microinjection technique consists of injecting a solution into these tiny capillaries. This irritates the inner lining of the capillaries so they cease to carry blood and the body slowly replaces them with scar tissue without harming the circulation.
In most cases, small spider veins may be eliminated in fewer than two months.
When administered by a trained and skilled specialist, sclerotherapy can eliminate numerous problem veins in only 1-2 sessions. The actual number of sessions you may need will depend on a variety of factors, including the number and type of veins that will be treated, your overall general health, and the extent of your vein condition.
Schedule a consultation to learn more about the procedure and whether it is an ideal solution for your spider veins.
Causes of Vein Issues and Treatment Options
Problem veins occur more often in women and typically develop due to genetic predispositions, although other risk factors can also contribute:
- Pregnancy or hormonal changes
- Injury or trauma
- Previous vein surgery
- Excess weight
- Overexposure to sun
- Occupational standing (e.g., doctors, nurses, teachers, and restaurant servers)
A typical sclerotherapy session lasts 40 minutes or less and requires minimal downtime. However, you’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise and prolonged periods of standing for the first 24-48 hours. To achieve the best results possible, it is also recommended that patients continuously wear compression stockings for two to three weeks after the procedure followed by an additional one to two weeks during the day.
In some cases, a supplement laser procedure can enhance the effects of sclerotherapy, particularly for smaller veins. At Pima Dermatology, we use such laser options as Vbeam, Gentle:YAG, Sciton, and Versapulse.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy safely eliminates unsightly, painful spider veins for clearer, smoother skin. You’ll be able to comfortably wear shorts, skirts, and other clothing that shows off your fresher, younger-looking skin.
Unlike other vein removal procedures, this treatment causes minimal side effects such as swelling, bruising, and discoloration.
The Pima Dermatology Approach
Before you undergo any treatment at Pima Dermatology, our experienced and compassionate skin specialists will discuss your aesthetic goals and examine you to determine the extent of your condition. If we agree that you could benefit from sclerotherapy, we will administer the treatment with the utmost skill and care.
For Expert Sclerotherapy Treatment, Contact Pima Dermatology
If you’re unhappy with spider veins on your legs, hands, or face, especially if they are causing you pain and discomfort, sclerotherapy can give you the results you want. Find out more by contacting the vein experts at Pima Dermatology. Call our practice in Tucson or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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