Spider Vein Treatment

Updated on: January 27, 2015

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Spider veins are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these minute veins are linked to your larger venous system, they are not a necessary part of it. Spider veins are caused by swollen and dilated, small veins under the skin. When the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance of the vein wall, spider veins appear. In women, the ability of veins to resist increased pressure is reduced when the body's estrogen level drops.

Spider Vein Treatment

During your initial consultation, your legs will be examined; your cosmetic surgeon will examine the areas affected by spider veins or other problems. You will also be examined for signs of more severe deep vein problems, which in most cases are identified by swelling, sores, or skin changes at the ankle. A hand-held Doppler ultrasound device may also be used to identify any backflow within the venous system.

If any issues are identified, your surgeon may refer you to a different specialist for further evaluation. Any problems with the larger veins must be dealt with first, or sclerotherapy of the surface veins will not be of an affect.

The Procedure

A typical sclerotherapy treatment session lasts between15 to 45 minutes. Your legs will be photographed for record purposes. Then, you will lie down on an exam table where the skin that covers your spider veins will be cleaned with an antiseptic disinfectant. Using one hand to stretch the skin taut, your cosmetic surgeon will inject the sclerosing solution into the veins that are to be treated.

Precisely one injection will be given for every inch of spider vein which means that you could receive anywhere from 5 to 40 injections in one treatment session. You will be asked to change positions a from time to time during the procedure.

As the procedure continues, you will feel tiny pin pricks from the needle sticks and possibly a mild burning sensation. Because the needle used is so thin and the sclerosing solution is so mild the pain is usually mild to none. A cotton ball and tape will be applied to treatment site.

There are numerous cosmetic surgeons in the your area who are innovative in their vein treatment procedures. If you are experiencing problems with spider and varicose veins you can find a vein treatment center in your area now.

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