Spider veins create an unsightly appearance as they wind around the skin. These prominent veins show through the skin with their darker coloring that can be blue, red, or purple. Varicose veins are another type of winding veins that are swollen and found in the legs. Sclerotherapy is a treatment option that can minimize these veins to create a smoother look on the skin.
With this treatment, a dermatologic surgeon injects a formula into a spider or varicose vein. The reaction is that the vein scars and collapses. The body starts to move blood through other veins instead of that one, and over the course of a few weeks, it absorbs the collapsed vein into the tissue causing the look of it to fade.
Sclerotherapy is thought of as the main treatment for use with spider veins on the legs and with small varicose veins. This minimally invasive treatment tends to be effective and can also help with related problems such as night cramps or aching.
Nonetheless, other treatment options exist. These include wearing support stockings, endovenous laser treatment, radiofrequency occlusion, light or laser treatment, or surgery. A person could also make lifestyle changes that could help, including losing weight when needed, walking, and taking care of the skin.
The patient goes to the dermatologist’s office, where the treatment is performed in up to an hour without anesthesia. During the therapy, the patient lies down with elevated legs. The doctor cleans the skin and injects a solution with a needle, potentially a few times. After each injection, the doctor applies compression and performs some massage. Afterward, the patient wears a graduated compression stocking or bandage for up to three weeks. Sometimes, the patient needs to repeat the treatment to see results.
At Dermatology Surgical and Medical, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below. Please note that we currently DO NOT accept any HMO insurance plans or Medi-Cal.