VeinsPlus offers nonsurgical treatments such as sclerotherapy for spider veins. Spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins and can appear on the skin's surface. They are common on the thighs, ankles and face. It's not uncommon for these red, blue or purple veins to cause symptom aching, itching, burning, and heaviness.
Sometimes spider veins are a clue of underlying varicose veins, and therefore, if spider veins are accompanied with symptoms of varicose veins, then the individual should also be evaluated for varicose veins as well.
Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. This procedure involves the use of a tiny needle to inject with veins with chemical solution which will irritate the lining of the vein, causing the vein to collapse and spasm shut.
While the veins are collapsed, the patient is required to wear compression stockings for several days afterwards. Eventually the treated veins will be reabsorbed by the body.
Individuals may need 1-3 treatment sessions based on the number of spider veins present. Treatments are generally well tolerated and no local anesthesia is required. Most normal activities can be resumed after treatment with the exception of impact exercising (jogging, aerobics) and weight training (ie. leg curls, squatting)
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