Do you feel like you have to cover up your legs, can’t wear shorts or skirts because of small, reddish-purple, spider web looking veins? These are called telangiectasias or spider veins. You’re not alone and we have a solution for you!
Veins play an important role in our circulatory system by carrying deoxygenated blood back to the heart. When healthy, they utilize a one-way valve system but sometimes, age, genetics, pregnancy, lack of exercise, prolonged sitting or standing, obesity, and other health issues can weaken those valves, causing the blood to pool in the veins resulting in varicose veins.
Larger veins may require surgery to remove them. The good news is that smaller, more superficial veins are more common and can be often treated or cured by a sclerosing agent called Asclera.
The official name for the chemical we use is polidocanol, which is actually an irritant that is FDA cleared to treat these pesky veins. The irritated blood vessel lining is replaced with connective tissue resulting in the veins to be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue. The damaged vessels then fade over time.
A topical numbing agent will be applied to the treatment areas for increased comfort. The treatment will last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the treatment area size and density.
More than one treatment may be needed depending on the density and size of the treatment area, but generally the treated varicose veins will collapse and fade with time.
Compression garment use is required for up to a week after the treatment for optimal results. Walking is encouraged for 15-20 minutes immediately after the treatment and daily for the next few days.
Heavy exercise, use of heels, long plane flights, hot baths, sunbathing should be avoided for 1 week after the treatment. In some cases, multiple treatments may be necessary. Sometimes, instant results occur after a single treatment.
For more information on how to treat spider veins, contact us today to book a consultation.
Written by Dr. Jonathan Zelken
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