Spider veins are not only ugly, but they can be uncomfortable as well. This explains why those who have them, are always on the lookout for innovative treatment options. Sclerotherapyis often used to treat spider veins.
About Spider Veins
Spider veins are also known as thread veins or telangiectasias. They are very tiny blood vessels that appear close to the surface of the skin. Spider veins are usually purple or red in color, and resemble a mass of lines much like a spider web, hence the name. Spider veins can pop up anywhere on the body, but are commonly found on the legs, especially behind the knees.
Hormonal fluctuations and weight gain are two factors that can contribute to the formation of spider veins. Spider veins can also be the result of the aging of the skin, which causes the skin and blood vessels to become less elastic.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most popular options available to treat spider veins . During Sclerotherapy a solution is injected directly into the vein, and this causes it to collapse, and eventually fade away. A very fine needle is used for the procedure, so patients can expect to feel only a slight pinprick.
Patients may experience a little bruising after treatment, but this usually eases within a short time. It typically takes about 4 to 6 sessions to achieve an improvement in the appearance of the spider veins.