Spider veins are tiny veins that are apparent in the skin. Most of the cases, they appear in the legs. They can range from hair-thin purplish to pink veins to more prominent greenish-blue veins. They are not harmful but can cause itching, heaviness, and minor tenders.
Most patients seek treatment as they are bothered by their ugly appearance. Your doctor will perform a complete medical exam and probably an ultrasound assessment of the major veins in the legs. In some cases, spider veins might be due to venous reflux, which should be treated first to minimize the recurrence of spider veins after their treatment.
Sclerotherapy is used to treat and remove spider veins. It is performed via tiny needles to inject a medication inside the veins, which will irritate them and cause them to close. The old technique used hypertonic saline. In our office, Dr. Hamdallah uses a specific medication to treat spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is usually performed over several sessions to ensure a higher removal rate and minimize recurrence. There are different foam and liquid sclerotherapy; the size of the spider veins determines which method is more suitable for your case.
Sclerotherapy is also used for the more prominent tortuous veins. Sometimes, ultrasound is used to guide the needle into the deeper veins.
The sessions usually take about 20 minutes, after which you can resume regular daily activity. Most patients do not need to wear compression stockings, but if deep veins are treated, the doctor might request that you wear compression stockings for 48 hours.
After the session, it is recommended to avoid direct sun to the treated area as they can increase the risk of discoloring the veins. Discoloration rarely occurs after sclerotherapy and usually disappears within several weeks.
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