What Is Sclerotherapy?

If spider veins on your legs or face make you feel self-conscious, you may have been seeking a solution -- but vein stripping and other surgical options seem too invasive. What if there was another proven way to get rid of the web of squiggly veins on your legs or face, and without surgery?

At North Atlanta Vascular Clinic our team of vascular experts can help you eliminate spider veins for good with sclerotherapy, a time tested solution that is fast, easy, and effective. 

Spider veins aren’t dangerous

Spider veins aren’t a threat, unlike their cousins, varicose veins. Spider veins are simply damaged capillaries (the smallest veins in the body) which become visible through your skin as clusters of blue, purple, or reddish lines. They are small, flat, and rarely cause discomfort. These threadlike veins are usually more of a cosmetic issue on the legs and face. 

Causes of spider veins

Spider veins are thought to stem from dilation of blood vessels close to the skin surface, where blood can pool and fail to return through the circulatory system. They are most commonly seen around the nose and cheeks or on the lower legs, most visibly on the calves. 

Women are more prone to spider veins than men. Spider veins may show up as women age, when they work on their feet a lot, if they gain a lot of weight, or during pregnancy. Sun damage and heredity can also play a role in spider vein development.  

Sclerotherapy as a spider vein treatment

There are many potential treatments for spider veins, from exercise, weight loss, and leg elevation to compression stockings, vein stripping, or laser treatment. Sclerotherapy, however, is one of the most reliable ways to get rid of spider veins. 

During sclerotherapy, a very thin needle is used to inject a medicated solution into the targeted veins. This slightly damages the inside of the blood vessel walls, causing the vein to collapse in on itself and seal off. The vein continues to break down, and the remains are absorbed by the body and disposed off naturally over a period of 3-6 weeks. 

Most patients see results from sclerotherapy after just one round of treatment, and you won’t have any downtime. If the spider veins were on your legs, you might want to wear compression stockings during the first week or so after treatment.

To learn more about spider vein treatment, call one of our four Georgia locations in Johns Creek, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, or book an appointment online today.

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