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Spider Veins

 

Spider veins (less than 1 mm in size) are common and it is estimated that at least one-third of women have spider veins. Also known as Telangiectasia, they are red, blue, or purple veins that lie in or immediately below the skin surface and are commonly found on the thighs, calves, and ankles. However, they may be seen in other locations like the face and breast.

 

Contributing Factors For Spider Veins

Heredity – genetics is the number one factor for spider veins on the thigh and legs

Gender – women are more likely than men to suffer from spider veins

Pregnancy – women often develop spider veins with pregnancy

Activity or occupation – sitting or standing occupations increase the risks of spider veins

Other contributing factors include aging, obesity, and injury

 

Treatment For Spider Veins

Dr. Sellers offers sclerotherapy (invovling injections) and surface laser therapy for spider veins on the legs. Worldwide, sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider veins on the legs.

 

The treatment of spider veins is a process. The first step is a consultation that includes an ultrasound of the leg(s) to determine if any underlying vein disease is present. If reflux or varicose veins are identified these should be treated first, then the spider veins can be treated with a series of 2-4 sclerotherapy sessions. If the underlying problem is not treated first, the spider veins can return and be much worse than they were originally.

 

Sclerotherapy is often referred to as saline injections by patients but new FDA approved solutions for treatment have replaced saline. These new sclerosing agents are more effective, safer, and less painful. A tiny needle is used to introduce the sclerosing solution into the spider veins. Based on clinical trials Dr. Sellers recommends the use of compression garments  for up to two weeks after each session to improve the results.

 

It is important to have realistic expectations for any treatment and advise patients to expect to begin to see improvement in their legs after the second sclerotherapy session. Optimum results include a 70% to 80% fading of the visible spider veins after the initial series of 2 to 4 session. Maintenance sessions will be needed to keep your legs looking and feeling great.

 

The treatment of spider veins is considered cosmetic by insurance plans.

 

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