As the temperatures warm and you find yourself shedding layers, spider veins are an annoyance you don’t want to worry about as you head to the beach. These reddish purple veins are commonly found on the thighs, calves, and ankles. Spider Veins should not be confused with varicose veins. Varicose veins are much larger in size and push the surface of the skin upwards. Treatment for varicose veins often requires surgery whereas spider veins can be removed non-surgically.
Sclerotherapy is one popular treatment option which involves injecting a solution into several points along the vein. The lining of the veins react to the solution and begins breaking down the veins walls. Supportive stockings must be worn post treatment for compression, which assists in breaking down the vein walls. The veins gradually disappear as the veins are absorbed back into the body resulting in a more even, youthful appearance.
This is a non-surgical procedure that can be done in office. However, please keep in mind you must wear supportive stockings post treatment for about two weeks and the treated areas should be protected from the sun during this period as well. Some bruising and brown pigmentation may also occur in the treated areas during this recovery period. Sometimes more than one treatment is necessary for complete spider vein removal.