Age has an unfortunate tendency to bring new issues to light, especially skin conditions that never even crossed your mind in your youth. This includes spider veins that form from dilated superficial blood vessels. If you’re not exactly loving the web of blue veins running across your legs, technology makes it possible to wipe them away and get you back into shorts and skirts as soon as possible!
About Spider Veins
Spider veins can be easily recognized as the small red and purple blood vessels that twist and turn under the skin. Since they are situated so close to the skin’s surface, they are visible to the naked eye. Most spider veins appear on the legs, and some women are more impacted than others due to hormone fluctuations associated with pregnancy and menopause, participation in occupations that involve excessive standing, and heredity.
Though they are unattractive, spider veins don’t cause pain or indicate any serious health problems. They just form when the one-way valves that keep blood moving to the heart become defective and allow blood to backflow within the veins. This backflow causes the blood to pool, and spider veins then develop.
Sclerotherapy to Resolve Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a time tested technology that is the best and most efficient way to zap away unwanted spider veins. Believe it or not, sclerotherapy has been used for nearly 100 years! It’s a simple and safe procedure.
When your dermatologist completes a sclerotherapy treatment, he will inject a salt solution directly into your unwanted spider veins. The solution will irritate the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell, clot, turn into scar tissue, and fade from sight. Blood will be rerouted through healthier veins deeper down away from the skin’s surface, and your skin will once again look flawless!
Sclerotherapy achieves a cumulative effect, so the best results can be seen after three to six treatments. It also helps to wear compression stockings after treatment to maintain pressure on the treated areas and encourage blood to flow through healthier veins. Best of all, there is no downtime, so you can receive your treatment and immediately return to your normal schedule!