Spider veins are small veins near the surface of the skin in your legs. They're not as big or as deep as varicose veins, but they can still be embarrassing if you like to wear shorts. Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for spider veins that has a long history of use. If you're uncomfortable with the appearance of your legs because of spider veins, you should talk to your doctor about sclerotherapy. Here's more info on how it works.
The Treatment Is Done In A Doctor's Office
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a salt solution into the veins. It's not surgery, so the treatment can be done in a doctor's office. You won't even need any anesthesia. Since spider veins are close to the surface of your skin and a tiny needle is used for the injections, you probably won't have any discomfort. The procedure is fairly quick, but the length of time depends on how many veins you have treated in a single session. You'll want to plan your treatment in advance with your doctor because you might need to stop taking certain medications or supplements in the days leading up to the procedure.
The Injections Cause The Veins To Close
Your doctor injects a salt solution into each spider vein to cause it to close off. The solution causes irritation to the vein that makes it swell and collapse. Blood stops flowing through the vein and the vein turns to scar tissue that is gradually absorbed by your body. Since spider veins are fairly small, they should disappear in a matter of weeks. There is no danger in removing spider veins because you have plenty of other veins that will take over moving blood through your legs.
You Can Resume Regular Activities Right Away
You'll be able to walk out of the doctor's office right after the treatment. You may even be encouraged to do some walking to get the best results from the procedure. You might need to wear compression socks or stockings for several days, but you'll be able to work and go about your daily life as usual. However, you'll probably be asked not to engage in aerobic sports or exercise for a few days.
Spider vein injections can make a big difference in how your legs look. Within a few weeks, the veins should be gone so you can wear shorts or a swimsuit without embarrassment. Just keep in mind, the results from sclerotherapy are not instant, so you'll want to plan ahead if you want to have the veins gone in time for a vacation to the beach or some other important event.