LASER VEIN TREATMENT OR SCLEROTHERAPY
Millions of men and women are bothered by spider veins –
these small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple
veins that most commonly appear on the face, neck, chest,
thighs, calves and ankles. Spider veins – known in the
medical world as telangiectasias or sunburst varicolsities
are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the
skin. Although these superfine veins are connected with the
larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it.
There are may new and exciting treatments for spider veins.
These include laser treatment and/or injection sclerotherapy.
Patients are evaluated and could require a combination of
treatments for successful eradication of spider veins.
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The
laser’s light energy scals the vein shut and the now-diminished
telangiectasia is reabsorbed by the body. In some cases repeat
treatments will be necessary depending on your response to
Sclerotherapy treatment was developed in the 1920’s.
A sclerosing solution is injected into the vein through a
micro needle. The solution causes the vein to blanch (turn
white), then gradually disappear.
Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and your self confidence,
but it’s unrealistic to believe that every vein will
disappear completely. After each sclerotherapy session, the
veins will appear lighter. Two or more sessions are usually
required to achieve optimal results for a given vein. Spider
veins may reoccur.
Most patients are pleased with the difference of sclerotherapy
and/or laser treatment. The skin of your legs will appear
younger, clearer and healthier. If you’ve been wearing
long skirts or slacks to hide your spider veins, you will
now be able to broaden your fashion horizons. Often, patients
are surprised at the dramatic difference in appearance between
a treated leg and the untreated one.