What Causes Spider Veins
Spider veins (telangiectasias) are caused by structural abnormalities of blood vessels. They are typically seen in middle aged women and men. The cause of spider veins is not clear. Researchers believe the causes may be genetics, environmental, or a combination of both. They are often seen or made worse by sun exposure, excess pressure, or hormonal changes. Other causes that may cause spider veins include:
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment to reduce the appearance of surface veins. It is ideal for patients who want to improve the look of their skin and want relief from common symptoms associated with varicose veins and spider veins. This treatment is the gold standard for spider vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is fast, safe and effective, eliminating unsightly spider veins in 95% of patient cases.*
Sclerotherapy – What to Expect
Sclerotherapy is a simple in-office treatment for spider veins. Most people describe sclerotherapy as a very comfortable procedure with little or no pain. The treatment involves an injection of sclerosing agent directly into the unsightly veins. The injection irritates the veins, forcing them to collapse and fade from view. Most patients will need several treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
The number of sclerotherapy treatments required to achieve optimal cosmetic results will vary, and is dependent on the severity of each individual case. On average, most patients receive 2 to 6 treatment sessions that last 15 to 20 minutes each. While individual veins can clear after one treatment, multiple sclerotherapy sessions are often required to achieve visually appealing, permanent results.
Other Vein Treatments
Laser treatment may be used as a complimentary treatment to sclerotherapy. It can also be used in place of sclerotherapy in patients who have facial spider veins or other small cosmetic concerns. The first step is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Thomas Theocharides so he can evaluate your skin, listen to your concerns and recommend a treatment plan that is best for you.*Disclaimer: results may vary