What can you do about spider veins?

The woman shows the vascular mesh on the lower leg | Spider Veins

Do you have spider veins on your legs? They can be unsightly and can make you feel self-conscious. It can be hard to show off those cute new summer outfits when you just want to hide your legs! But sclerotherapy from Stockton Dermatology can help.

What is sclerotherapy and how does it cure Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is a very effective, quick way to destroy your spider veins, which aren’t only unsightly – they can be physically uncomfortable, especially if you work someplace where you have to stand or sit all day. Spider veins are those bluish, purplish veins that can branch out and look like spider webs. They are different from varicose veins, which are the raised, swollen blood vessels.

Here are some other things you should know about sclerotherapy and spider veins:

• In the procedure, a very fine needle is used to inject solution into the veins. This solution may be made of sodium chloride or concentrated salts. The veins collapse, and blood is rerouted to other veins. Eventually, the old vein tissue is absorbed by the body.

• It may take weeks or even months for the veins to disappear completely. Your veins may look worse for some time after the treatment, and sometimes a vein has to be reinjected with solution.

• The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and typically takes an hour or less, although you may need more than one treatment.

• The needle used is so fine that most patients report only minimal discomfort.

• Redness, bruising, or marks on the skin are normal after sclerotherapy and will go away on their own.

• Sclerotherapy can be used not only on the legs but on the face and hands as well.

• If you have a history of phlebitis you should not have sclerotherapy, but there are other options available.

• You should avoid strenuous activity for about a week after a sclerotherapy treatment. Moderate exercise is usually all right, although you should discuss this with your doctor and closely follow any after-treatment instructions you are given.

Show off your cute new summer outfits – and your gorgeous, spider-vein free legs. Call Stockton Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ, for a sclerotherapy appointment. Call (480) 610-6366 today!

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