If you have spider veins and want them removed, this can be achieved by having a cosmetic procedure called Sclerotherapy done. Spider veins are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these minuscule veins are linked to your larger venous system, they are not a necessary part of it. These veins have a spider shape with a number of veins stretching outward from a dark central point. Or they could imitate a pattern that looks like small branch-like shapes, although sometimes they appear like thin separate lines or like a sunburst or cartwheel that are found mostly on the inner knee or the outer thigh area.
Sclerotherapy injection is where your veins are injected with a sclerosing solution that will make them collapse and fade from sight. This can also clear up other symptoms that you may be experiencing that are associated with spider veins, like aching, burning, swelling and night cramps.
• Itching for a day or two following your procedure
• The injection site could be swollen and red
• Lumpy and hard veins - this usually occurs in larger veins
• Brown lines or spots may appear at the injection site
• Swollen leg
• Ulcers at the injection site
• An allergic reaction to the sclerosing solution
After your Sclerotherapy treatment, you should be able to drive yourself home and continue your normal daily activities. You will be encouraged to walk. You will need to wear compression hose to enhance healing. You should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications for at least 48 hours after your procedure. In most cases, Tylenol can be used if necessary.
Your cosmetic dermatologist may recommend that you don't take a hot bath, use hot compresses, whirlpools or saunas and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. You can take a shower, but not too hot, the water should be lukewarm. You can wash the treatment site with a mild soap and lukewarm water.
With the advanced technology of lasers, treatment of spider veins and deeper, reticular veins can be done relatively easily right in the cosmetic surgeon's office.
Lasers are extremely safe and effective on leg veins, as well as veins visible on the face, neck, and chest. The treatments cause very few side effects and you can resume your regular activities immediately following the procedure.
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