Spider veins (also called telangiectasias) are capillary veins which are easily visible through the skin, and generally appear as tiny webs of red, blue, or purple lines. They appear more often in women than men.
Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment. A tiny needle is used to inject a safe liquid solution that will cause spider veins to collapse, shrink and disappear. The chemical causes the vein wall to swell, stick together, and seal shut. In a few weeks the vein should fade. The same vein may need to be treated more than once and treatments are usually every 4-6 weeks. Sclerotherapy does not require anesthesia and is done in our office. You can return to normal activity right after treatment.
Possible side effects include
- Stinging, red-raised patches of skin, and/or bruising at the injection site. These usually go away shortly after treatment.
- Spots, brown lines, or groups of fine red blood vessels around the treated vein. These also usually go away shortly after treatment.
- Lumps of blood that get trapped in the vein causing inflammation. This is not dangerous. Applying heat and taking aspirin can relieve swelling.
Some things you can do to help ease discomfort from ones you already have.
- Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun to limit spider veins on the face.
- Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation and vein strength.
- Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
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