Approximately 60 percent of Americans have spider veins, dilated blood vessels visible just under the surface of the skin. They can look like a single line or branch out in clusters that may look like a bruise. These veins are small, red or purple superficial veins named after their similarity to spider webs. Spider veins most commonly appear on the face, neck or legs. Fortunately, these small veins can be easily removed through a simple, minimally invasive procedure; Sclerotherapy is an effective procedure that can leave you with smooth, vein free legs.
What is venous insufficiency?
While spider veins are by and large considered a cosmetic issue, dense clusters of spider veins concentrated in the lower legs or ankles may indicate a more serious condition called venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the valves inside the legs do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. When this happens, the blood pools inside the vein, just below any malfunctioning valves, creating spider or varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is an effective, minimally invasive medical procedure that eliminates spider veins. It’s safe and effective for all ages, though it’s rarely seen in patients under 16 years old. A vein care physician will inject a sclerosing solution into the vein, which irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse. When the treated veins collapse, they are reabsorbed into nearby tissue, and fade away. More than one treatment may be required to achieve maximum results if you have moderate to severe spider veins. The smallest spider veins typically disappear within 2-3 weeks after treatment and dense clusters may take several additional weeks.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a great option for anyone looking to improve the appearance of his or her legs, neck or face. Here are a few important benefits to keep in mind:
- Minimal pain
- Fast recovery
- No hospitalization required
- No anesthesia required
- Fast procedure (typically 5-30 minutes)
When you’re looking for expert spider vein removal in Asheville, North Carolina, trust your legs to the skilled vein care specialists at Surgical Specialists of Carolina. We will determine the best treatment to help you achieve optimal results. Contact us at 828-585-2575 to treat your vein problems quickly and effectively using minimally invasive techniques.