Perhaps you’re feeling self-conscious about those unsightly spider veins on your legs. Many women, and some men, are probably familiar with the term “spider veins”. Typically, they’re tiny red, bluish or purplish “webs” on your legs.
In most cases, spider veins don’t cause symptoms but some patients can experience some discomfort, maybe even some itching or burning. Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin.
For leg veins, sclerotherapy (injections of an FDA-approved solution into the veins via a tiny needle) provides the most effective, most economical, and least painful treatment method. The sclerosant solution irritates the lining of the vein and causes it to collapse. The vein is reabsorbed and fades over the course of 4-6 weeks. Larger, darker clusters of veins will have to be injected on more than one visit.
Below are two different views of pictures that show the effectiveness of sclerotherapy for spider vein treatment.
Spider veins are largely a cosmetic issue, not a medical one, and are usually harmless. Insurance providers won’t cover procedures to remove spider veins, but for anyone tired of hiding their legs behind jeans or capri pants in the summer, it is worth the investment.
Depending on the severity of your spider veins, 3-5 treatments may be required, spaced a month apart. If you would like your legs to look and feel great this summer, call our office today to schedule your free vein screening so you can get back into the summer clothes you love with legs you deserve.