Spider veins are the thin reddish, purplish lines that you can see just beneath the surface of the skin and may look like spider webs. They are most commonly seen on the legs but can appear on the face and chest. If you continuously try to cover them with makeup and would like to get rid of them permanently, then sclerotherapy may be your best option.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins and small to medium varicose veins that has been used successfully since the 1930s. In Miami, FL, our trained provider injects a solution, which is usually a saline solution, directly into the spider vein. The solution coagulates the blood and damages the inside of the vein. Once it is damaged, the vein collapses and the blood is rerouted through a healthy vein. The collapsed vein is gradually absorbed by the surrounding tissue and eliminated. The spider vein will disappear within a few weeks or a month in some cases. More than one treatment may be needed to get the best results.
Telangiectasias or spider veins are very common especially in women and people over the age of 50 years. They are usually harmless and have no symptoms other than their appearance, but they may cause swelling, restless leg syndrome and throbbing. Fortunately, there is effective treatment for spider veins.
Spider veins may develop in people who are:
• Regularly developing blood clots
• Sitting or standing for long periods
• Regularly wearing tight clothing
Spider veins are not dangerous to your health in most cases. However, if they are not treated, they may develop into something more serious such as skin ulcers, profuse bleeding and inflammation in the vein caused by a blood clot. In severe cases, if a blood clot forms, it can travel to the heart and lungs and be life-threatening. You can minimize the risk of developing spider veins by getting enough exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.
Sclerotherapy is one of the best treatments to remove spider veins. It may take several treatments about four to six weeks apart to get the best results. If your spider veins do not bother you, there is no reason to have them removed, but if they are on your legs, then you can rest assured that treatment is available. Contact Be Beautiful Aesthetic Medicine today!