If you are like most women, you have felt the pressure to have flawless-looking legs in the summer months. If you have spider veins, even the thought of wearing shorts can be upsetting. Spider veins, while not a health risk, can be very distressing due to their appearance. At Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center in Huntington, NY, we have an answer to spider veins – sclerotherapy. It’s a safe method to effectively eliminate them.
What is the cause of spider veins?
There are many reasons a person may develop spider veins. They can be due to genetics, prolonged sun exposure, obesity, smoking, or changes in hormones. People who are particularly sedentary or those with jobs that require prolonged sitting or standing may also develop spider veins.
The procedure involves the injection of a sclerosing medication into the vein, causing it to collapse while blood flow is redirected into a healthy vein. The body then absorbs the collapsed vein.
Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure that takes only a short time to complete. Most patients will see a visible improvement after a few weeks. Multiple treatment sessions may be recommended.
Patients are encouraged to walk around after the procedure to reduce pressure and keep blood flowing properly. It is important to continue to maintain regular exercise and daily walking in the weeks following. Side effects from Sclerotherapy are generally mild. There may be some pain or aching in the legs in the first few days following treatment. Compression stockings should be worn for the first week following treatment. They can be removed when going to sleep.
Exposing your legs no longer has to be a source of anxiety. If you are ready to feel comfortable and confident in your skin, call us today to learn more about sclerotherapy treatment.