Spider Vein Treatments
Spider veins are tiny blue or red veins on the surface of the skin that look like they could have been drawn on with a fine marker. Some people have slightly larger surface veins called reticular veins which bulge up slightly from the skin. While unsightly, most of the time these veins do not cause pain or other problems. Occasionally, people get bleeding from reticular veins, especially around the feet on ankles.
We offer two types of treatments for Spider and Reticular Veins.
In Cosmetic Sclerotherapy a dilute chemical solution is injected into the spider vein using a very fine needle. This causes irritation to that vein which causes it to shrivel up and disappear. Sclerotherapy has proven to be a safe procedure and is performed outpatient in the doctor’s office. Typically, sclerotherapy is performed in less than an hour, although a varying number of injections may be required, depending on the number of veins involved. Patients do not require an anesthetic and usually report little or no discomfort during the procedure, only a mild burning sensation. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be necessary.
Patients are able to return home shortly after sclerotherapy. Most can return to work and resume normal activities the next day.
VeinGogh is the easy way to reliably treat cosmetically unacceptable conditions of telangiectasia (tangled thread-like veins) and spider veins. VeinGogh can safely treat any skin type, including tanned skin.
Vein Gogh treats spider veins with heat energy using a hair thin probe. The probe is inserted just beneath the surface of the skin but without piercing the vessel itself. Tiny vessels will be destroyed and disappear quickly. *Most procedures take less than 20 minutes to perform, and no bandages are required following the procedure.** You will see immediate results and also see continuous improvement over several weeks as the treated vessels are reabsorbed.
It is often used in conjunction with Sclerotherapy.
* Individual results may vary
** Individual results may vary
Most treatments for Spider and Reticular Veins are considered cosmetic and therefore are not covered by insurance.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat varicose and spider veins, most commonly found on the legs, by collapsing them through the use of a solvent. Sclerotherapy has been used on patients since the 1930s with great success, producing increasingly effective medical, as well as cosmetic, results.
Reasons for Sclerotherapy
Individuals troubled by varicose veins, either because they find them unattractive or because the diseased veins are causing unpleasant and/or dangerous symptoms, may choose, in consultation with their physician, to undergo sclerotherapy. Some of the reasons a patient may desire, or a physician may recommend, sclerotherapy may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain, aching or burning sensations in the legs or feet
- Swelling or redness at the site
- Cramping of the legs, especially at night
- Scaly, dry or discolored skin at the site
- Discomfort after sitting or standing for long periods