Aesthetic Institute
Aesthetic Institute

Terry Gillian, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.C.


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 the treatment.

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.


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