Spider Veins Dallas
Sclerotherapy and Spider Veins
The Vein Problem:
As we grow older, many of us tend to notice small clusters of red, blue or purple veins on our thighs, calves and ankles. These unsightly problems, known as spider veins, are caused by a number of factors, including heredity and pregnancy. They can make us want to cover our legs and become very self-conscious when going out to public places like the beach. Not only can this make legs appear unattractive, bothersome symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and night cramps are associated with spider veins.
Incidence of Spider Veins:
It is estimated that almost three-quarters of all adult women have spider veins. Since the most common causes are the normal monthly hormonal fluctuations of the female cycle and pregnancy, spider veins occur most often in women, and they often first appear during pregnancy. Other contributing factors include injuries, medications that affect hormones, and a family history of spider veins. Although it is less common, men can develop spider veins as well. The condition usually appears after age 30, although it can sometimes develop as early as the teen years.
Sclerotherapy to the Rescue:
Sclerotherapy is a simple and easy procedure designed to permanently remove these spider veins, leaving your legs looking younger and healthier. It is a non-surgical procedure that does not require anesthesia and discomfort is minimal. With this procedure Dr. Light injects a special sclerosing agent into the vein with a very thin needle, which collapses the vein. It works by irritating the lining of the targeted blood vessel making it collapse and turn into scar tissue which will fade over time. Your body will then reroute blood flow into a healthier vein through its own natural processes. By collapsing the vein, it will be no longer visible and the uncomfortable symptoms associated with spider veins will subside. A session lasts from about fifteen minutes to an hour and there is no recovery time involved.
- Small veins may take about three to six weeks to fade; larger veins generally take three to four months.
- The overall success rate of sclerotherapy is 50 to 80 percent, although in some cases, multiple visits may be necessary.
As part of the treatment process, Dr. Light will meet with you to go over your medical history in order to determine if sclerotherapy is the right solution for you. Some of the things Dr. Light may discuss include:
- Any recent or existing medical conditions you may have, especially those related to your heart
On Treatment Day
On the day of your sclerotherapy, it is advised that you wear loose fitting clothing.
During the treatment Dr. Light will inject a solution into the vein being eliminated with an ultra-thin needle. No anesthesia is needed as pain is minimal lasting for a few seconds.. Multiple injections may be performed if more than one vein is undergoing treatment. The entire procedure is usually done in less than an hour.
After Your Visit
- You should avoid any strenuous activities such as aerobic exercise for a couple of days after your treatment.
- You should avoid hot baths, hot compresses, or direct sunlight for a few days, although it is okay to take showers provided they are not too warm.
- Dr. Light will advise you on what type of compression hosiery you should wear on the area that was treated.
- You may notice some itching, raised red areas, or bruising. These are normal, and will disappear within a few days or weeks.
- It is also normal for brown spots or tiny blood vessels to appear during the healing process, but they too will fade over time.