This is a great time to get rid of your spider veins in time for shorts, and skirt weather! Spider veins are enlarged superficial veins that appear as red/ purple clusters on the legs. They can occur for a variety of reasons including pregnancy, heredity or trauma. Sclerotherapy is an excellent, non-surgical way to eliminate these unwanted superficial veins. Through a tiny needle, a solution (we, at SkinCare Physicians, typically use either polidocanol or glycerin) causes these blood vessels to collapse and close. It is a safe and simple procedure done right in our office.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you are considering sclerotherapy:
In addition to small spider veins, many enlarged blue veins can be treated with sclerotherapy depending on their size and location. Thick, ropey hand veins and enlarged veins on the chest (especially after breast augmentation) respond very well to sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider veins. However, for patients who are needle-phobic or for those who have very tiny spider veins, lasers can be used. These include the pulsed dye laser, KTP laser or the Nd:YAG laser.
So if you are thinking about treating your veins, whether on your legs, hands or chest, don’t wait until the summer. Now is a terrific time to start. Call our office at (617) 731-1600, or contact us online, to book a consultation with one of Skincare Physicians’ specialists who can advise you on the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
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