Vein Treatment Overview

  • Laser vein treatment helps minimize varicose veins
  • Less prominent veins, like spider veins and broken capillaries are typically treated using sclerotherapy

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Sclerotherapy treatment

Spider veins are clusters of small veins appearing on your thighs or face, often your nose. Even though your vascular system is highly complex, treating spider veins is considered (by medical experts) to be quite straightforward.

Spider vein treatment before and after

Spider vein treatment - before and after

You may be able to treat spider veins in under an hour by having a vascular surgeon inject the veins with medication (scelerosing) or by zapping them during a laser vein treatment. Removal is not immediate. You will require recovery time during which the spider vein fades with time.

Spider vein causes

Any build up of pressure can induce spider veins.

  • Blockage from above by bad valves in the deep system of veins Crossing legs
  • Standing immobile for long periods
  • Impact, including, running.
  • Other factors are inheritance and hormones (including the elevation of estrogens in pregnancy).

Spider vein treatment

Sclerotherapy is still the gold standard for spider veins, especially when the blood vessels are large enough to inject with a sclerosing agent. 

Laser vein treatment may be used for more extreme case of spider veins. The Nd:YAG 1064 long pulse laser is often used for spider veins.

Preventing spider veins

You can help prevent spider veins and varicose veins by using your calf muscles, which are the leg pumps that pump blood out of your legs.

Walk regularly and exercise. If you can't and have a desk job, move your ankles (flex and extend) 15 times every 30 minutes as a minimum to pump blood out of your legs or get up and walk every 15 minutes, like walking to the water fountain or to the xerox machine and back. This will prevent blood pooling in the legs, which over the years can cause damage to your vein valves and cause venous reflus disease.

Wear compression hose or stockings. Compression hose are long socks or tights that men and women can wear during prolonged periods on their feet. Vascular doctors recommend hose whenever flying. Compression stockings may also provide relief for or protection from:

  •  Tired, aching, heavy feeling legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Healed venous ulcers
  • Active venous ulcers
  • Lymphedema

A pair of good quality hose is approximately $40 to $90.  Check the web for the best brands and prices, including BioCompression, Sigvaris, Juzo, Jobst, Lymphedivas, Medi, Allpresan. Consult wiith a doctor before wearing compression stockings 20 mmHg and abo

Sources: Bryan K. Chen MD, Ronald Shelton MD, Hratch Karamanoukian, MD

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