Many men and women develop leg veins that are bothersome in appearance and can have some pain associated also. They may be purplish or red think spider veins, larger blue reticulate veins. Several factors may play a role in the development of leg veins. Often there is a genetic predisposition to the development of veins. Changes in hormones at puberty or pregnancy and the use of the birth control pill or hormonal replacement may play a role. Occasionally, veins may cause an aching sensation or pain. Exercise, normal weight maintenance and support hose may help to minimize veins. At Laser Advantage, we treat spider and reticulate veins with sclerotherapy or laser. Treatment of varicose veins usually involves a surgical procedure such as stripping or radio frequency treatment.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the vein with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, the walls, stick together and blood cannot enter the vein. Blood is re-routed to the healthy venous system and the vein is then absorbed over time. Many veins are injected during a treatment session, but usually many sessions are required, depending on the size and number of veins. Most patients have a 50-90% improvement but more veins can develop with time.
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure for treating spider veins which shrinks visible veins and allows them to be absorbed by the body over time. This treatment is a much gentler alternative to varicose vein surgery and involves injecting a solution into problem areas. There is little recovery time and clients will receive guidance from trained staff on what to expect during and after the procedure.