Spider veins (also known as telangiectasia) are usually red, purple, or blue, and may become easily visible through the skin as they grow. They can be caused by a variety of reasons, including genetics, obesity, hormonal changes, certain medications, blood clots, and some medical conditions. No matter how they are formed, spider veins can be painful and make sufferers feel self-conscious. At Surgical Specialists of Carolina in Asheville, NC, Dr. Jerimiah Mason performs sclerotherapy to help reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins on the face and body. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment, with no recovery period required. Schedule a consultation with Surgical Specialists of Carolina to learn more about nonsurgical spider vein treatment.
Sclerotherapy is best for patients who have small to medium blood vessels that are visible through the skin of their face and body. These spider veins are typically most prominent on the thighs and lower legs, so you may avoid wearing shorts, swimsuits, or other clothing that don't cover your spider veins. Sclerotherapy patients should be in good general health before their treatment to avoid complications or reactions. Patients should not be pregnant or have a history of blood clots.
Sclerotherapy can be performed in one of our treatment rooms quickly and without any anesthesia. The spider veins are identified and the skin is sanitized with alcohol. A fine gauge needle is inserted into the vein followed with the sclerosing solution. The needle is then removed and pressure will be applied to the injection site to stop any minor bleeding. This process can be repeated until all spider veins have been treated.
What to Expect
After sclerotherapy, you can leave and resume all normal activities. You may notice some mild redness, bruising, or swelling in the treated areas, but this should subside naturally. Compression garments are recommended by Dr. Mason to help blood circulation after your treatment for faster, better results. It may take some time for the sclerosing solution to work, but the treated veins should eventually shrink, turn white, and then fade or disappear. You may need two or more treatments to achieve optimal results, but most patients are pleased with their improvements after just one treatment.
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Banish Spider Veins
The branching spider veins on your face and body can be frustrating as they grow over time, so learn more about sclerotherapy at Surgical Specialists of Carolina in Asheville, NC to eliminate the problem. Board-certified surgeon Dr. Mason can help you create a custom treatment plan with sclerotherapy and other cosmetic services that will help you look and feel your best.