Spider veins are unwanted blood vessels that are visible on the skin. Drexel Dermatology has effective treatment options for fading spider veins in the legs.
Sclerotherapy is a commonly used treatment for lessening the appearance of spider veins in the leg. During this procedure a concentrated saline solution is injected by a Drexel dermatologist into the targeted blood vessels using needles that are so small that a magnifying glass is needed to see them. This solution irritates the inner lining of the blood vessels so that they stop carrying blood and the body slowly replaces them with scar tissue that is invisible on the surface of the skin.
Some blood vessels fade after one injection while others may require several injections for significant fading to occur. The smallest blood vessels (red and purple) respond the best while the larger blood vessels (blue) respond less well. Some vessels do not respond at all to sclerotherapy.
Total fading of all spider veins is often not possible with sclerotherapy, but most patients can achieve significant improvement. It usually takes several weeks after a treatment to note fading of the injected blood vessels. Treatments are usually scheduled at four- to six-week intervals and, depending on the extent of the spider veins, the number of treatments may range from two to six.
Sclerotherapy does not prevent new spider veins from developing. A periodic touch up by a Drexel dermatologist is usually necessary. Preventive measures include use of prescription support hose, regular exercise and maintenance of ideal body weight.
Laser Therapy for Spider Veins
Laser removal of spider veins is an effective way of reducing the visible blood vessels in the skin. Laser treatments at Drexel Dermatology successfully reduce the appearance of spider veins and may take several treatments, depending on the size of the blood vessels.
Total fading of all spider veins may not be possible with laser treatments, but most patients see significant improvements. It can take many weeks for the targeted blood vessels to fade. Laser treatments are conducted at four- to six- week intervals. The number of treatments depends on the number and size of spider veins requiring laser targeting.
Laser treatment will not prevent new spider veins from developing. As with sclerotherapy, a periodic touch up with laser therapy by a Drexel dermatologist is usually needed. To prevent spider veins, Drexel Dermatology recommends wearing prescription support hose, getting regular exercise, and maintaining ideal body weight.
Sclerotherapy and laser therapy aren't treatments for varicose veins.