Spider veins are the small, thread-like colored veins that are most often seen on the surface of the skin. Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs of women. They are hereditary, frequently occur in the legs and appear as dark or lighter shades of blue, purple or red.
It’s estimated that at least one third of the adult female population is troubled with this common problem. People often seek spider vein treatments because of cosmetic concern. However, it is also common for spider veins to cause symptoms, such as aching, heaviness, itching, and night cramps. Certain factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, hormonal factors, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and trauma.
In this procedure a solution is injected into the varicose vein destroying the vein lining and causing the vein to clot then slowly disappear. Good results are possible, but sclerotherapy may require multiple follow-up treatments. Sclerotherapy is best used to treat smaller spider veins and is sometimes a useful combination treatment with either the CoolTouch CTEV™ or VNUS® Closure Procedures.
Dermal laser treatment uses focused laser energy applied to the skin’s surface thus shrinking the vein. This is reserved for the smallest of spider veins and telangiectasia. Dermal laser treatment may be used in conjunction with Sclerotherapy.
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