Spider and varicose veins can be the result of hormones, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, tight-fitting clothes, injury, excessive sun exposure, genetics, weight gain or age. Although neither the red, dark blue or purple spider veins nor the painful, swollen varicose veins pose any real short- or long-term health threat, if they cause you to be self-conscious about your legs, they can influence both what you wear and what activities you take in, resulting in a reduced quality of life.
Asclera® (polidocanol) Injection
Asclera® is a prescription medicine that is used to treat spider veins in a procedure called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessels causing it to scar and collapse forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. Over a period of weeks, the treated veins will start to fade and occasionally it may take up two months to see full results. Multiple Sclerotherapy treatments may vary depending on each individual.
Laser Vein Treatment
Laser vein treatment may be another alternative to treat spider veins. The most common laser used to treat spider veins is the Nd: YAG laser. Laser therapy is most effective for the very small spider vessels vs larger varicose veins. To treat smaller surface veins, light energy is absorbed by the blood within the offending vein, where it is then converted to heat, which ultimately destroys the vein. For deeper veins, laser light is also absorbed by the blood within the vein, where again it is converted to heat, which causes the blood to clot, destroying the function of the vein. Over time, the destroyed vein is reabsorbed by the body, disappearing from sight. Both procedures are brief and require no use of needles. Its recommended that the treatments be spaced out four to six weeks apart.
Although spider and varicose veins can appear anywhere on the body, one thing is certain – at The Plastic Surgery Center in Sacramento, vein therapy can make them disappear.
Call 916-569-0861 now to learn more about medical spa services, or 916-929-1833 for facial rejuvenation and cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women, such as laser vein treatments. Sacramento plastic surgeons at The Skincare & Laser Center and at The Plastic Surgery Center make enhancing the body, mind and spirit easy. With an office on Scripps Drive in Sacramento, looking and feeling your best with varicose and spider vein therapy is convenient as well.