Though spider veins rarely cause physical discomfort, you may not like the look of the red and purple blood vessels on your legs. At Sky Vein & Aesthetics in Bowling Green, Kentucky, board-certified general surgeon Danny Harrison, MD, performs sclerotherapy to get rid of spider veins. The minimally invasive in-office treatment causes very little discomfort and requires no downtime. To learn more about treatment options for your spider veins, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Spider veins, medically called telangiectasias, are small red and purple veins and capillaries that appear in patches on your legs.
The network of vessels may appear as delicate as a spider’s web — which is how they got their name — but the patches may also look like tiny sunbursts, branching trees, or squiggly lines.
Researchers are still investigating what happens in the body to produce spider veins, but you may be at risk of developing the visible blood vessels if they run in your family. Women are also more likely to develop spider veins than men.
Though your spider veins may cause aching or discomfort, they’re more of a cosmetic concern than a medical issue.
Unfortunately, spider veins rarely go away on their own. At Sky Vein & Aesthetics, Dr. Harrison offers treatments for spider veins to improve the look of your legs.
Dr. Harrison performs sclerotherapy to get rid of spider veins. He uses Sotradecol®, an FDA-approved sclerotherapy medication.
During spider vein treatment, Dr. Harrison uses a tiny needle to inject the medication into your blood vessel. The medication irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and fade away.
Your body then reroutes blood flow through healthy blood vessels to maintain normal circulation.
Before starting sclerotherapy, Dr. Harrison takes pictures of your legs. He then administers the medication into the visible blood vessel.
You may feel a mild stinging or cramping sensation during the injection, but discomfort is minor.
After removing the needle, Dr. Harrison compresses and massages the area to help disperse the medication and prevent blood from entering the treated area.
You may need more than one injection, depending on the size or number of visible blood vessels undergoing treatment. Dr. Harrison schedules your sclerotherapy treatments at eight-week intervals. You should notice improvements in your spider veins after each treatment.
There’s no downtime after your spider vein treatment, and you can resume normal activities. You may experience some pain or cramping in your legs during the first day or two following sclerotherapy.
Your treated legs will look worse before they start to look better. The injection site bruises and turns reddish, and it may take up to a month for the side effects to disappear. There may also be a residual brownish pigmentation, which can take up to a year to completely fade.
To improve circulation, Dr. Harrison recommends you wear compression stockings for two weeks following your spider vein treatment.
To schedule your spider vein consultation, call Sky Vein & Aesthetics or request an appointment online today.