Spider veins, named for the web-like appearance they give your legs, form when the smaller valves in your veins weaken because of pressure or other strain. They are caused by many factors and can be the result of genetics or current lifestyle choices. Some people dislike how they look, but they can damage more than just your confidence.
Varicose and spider veins, when left untreated, can cause pain and even increase the risk of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis. But with sclerotherapy, you can fade or completely erase small spider veins through a few minimally invasive procedures.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for leg veins and has greatly improved over the years in terms of safety and effectiveness. It’s a non-surgical injection of a sclerosant solution directly into the problem vessel. Once given, the vessel swells and cuts off the flow of fluid which, over time, will cause the visible vein to shrink.
This procedure is used to treat malformed lymph vessels and even as a last-ditch effort to help with hemorrhoids. For decades, dermatologists have considered it a handy tool for treating spider veins.
Other Spider Vein Treatment Methods
There are several ways to treat and get rid of spider veins. It’s important to create a healthy and active lifestyle that prevents new varicose veins from forming, but that won’t get rid of the ones you already have. When seeking medical treatment, don’t let flashy marketing gimmicks and medical lingo steer you away from the facts.
The laser treatments on the market for treating spider veins require three or more treatments, and it’s months before you see results. Endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation typically require only one session, but it takes about a year of treatment for the veins to vanish.
Compare this to sclerotherapy. When you seek this treatment method for your spider veins, you can go back to work the next day with the help of a compression stocking. After other types of treatment, spider veins take months to heal; with sclerotherapy, you’ll see a remarkable change after about three weeks.
Treating your spider veins is not just a cosmetic question, it’s a comfort question. If your spider veins are painful or causing dryness and a rash on the surrounding skin, you should consider sclerotherapy. Even if you’re uncertain, working with a medical professional like the ones at NYMETROVEIN can help you gain new insight and an outside perspective.
Our trained vein doctors will evaluate the veins in question and look for any possible blood vessel disease that may be a contributing factor to your condition. They will consult with you on your medical history, medications you may take, allergies, or previous treatments you may have received. Based on that information, they’ll let you know if sclerotherapy is right for you.
At NYMETROVEIN, we employ specialists that understand the pros and cons of the treatments we offer, and we work to find the right fit for what our patients need on a case-by-case basis. So if your spider veins are causing you discomfort, or if you just don’t like the look of them, contact us for a consultation and let us see how we can help.