There are two options when considering treatment for spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is an injectable procedure to treat spider veins. The procedure involves injection with a saline solution into the vein to make it disappear. Depending on the patient, the number of treatments can vary. Usually 1-3 treatments are needed to see optimal improvement.
Laser Vein Treatment
This treatment utilizes an Nd:Yag laser to treat a broad range of vessels from tiny spider veins on the face to deep blue reticular veins on the legs, quickly, safely, and effectively. Patients with dark, light or tanned skin can experience outstanding results with minimal bruising or blistering. This laser delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin's surface, where it should be.
Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated.Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent. Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur. Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear, but these too can be removed with this treatment.
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