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Q.) What causes Spider Veins?

A.) There are valves inside the large veins of the legs that are supposed to prevent the blood from flowing backwards into the legs. Over time, these valves start to leak. The leaking is made worse by weight gain, pregnancy and some illnesses. Some people are genetically predisposed to having leaky valves. The blood begins to flow backwards into the legs which causes an increase in pressure inside these large veins. The increased pressure cause new smaller veins to grow. These new smaller veins eventually reach the skin where they become spider veins. Unfortunately, there is no treatment available to fix the leaky valves.

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Sclerotherapy

Wellington, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee

Millions of women (and some men) have spider veins. Spider veins are small unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. It's estimated that at least half of the adult female population are bothered by spider veins. A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, weight gain, prolonged sitting or standing and trauma.

Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be arborizing and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be simple linear and appear as thin separate lines. Linear spider veins are commonly seen on the inner knee, whereas the arborizing pattern often appears on the outer thigh in a sunburst or cartwheel distribution.

Spider veins are not the same as varicose veins. Varicose veins are larger, usually more than 4 millimeters in diameter, darker in color and they tend to bulge. Varicose veins are also more likely to be painful. Surgical treatment or endovascular laster therapy is usually necessary to treat varicose veins.

One of the most popular ways of treating spider veins is with sclerotherapy. In this procedure, veins are injected with a solution which causes them to collapse and fade away. Treatment with sclerotherapy may also improve symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling and nocturnal leg cramps.

At Epilution Med Spa, Dr. Sinclair mixes a small amount of local anesthetic into the solution. This makes the treatment of spider veins with sclerotherapy very tolerable. Furthermore, Dr. Sinclair uses very small needles, much smaller than are typically used elsewhere. Although these needles cost a lot more (about $6.00 each compared to $0.30 for standard small needles), we feel the extra comfort is worth the price.

The best candidates for sclerotherapy are women between the ages of thirty and sixty, but anyone with spider veins of any age may be a candidate for sclerotherapy. In some women, spider veins may become noticeable at a very early age. For others, the spider veins may not become a problem until they reach their forties.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be advised to postpone sclerotherapy. In most cases, spider veins that appear during pregnancy will disappear on their own within three months after the pregnancy. Also, because it's not known how sclerotherapy may affect breast milk, nursing mothers are usually advised to wait until after they have stopped breastfeeding.

Spider veins in men aren't as common as they are in women. Men who do have spider veins often don't consider them to be a problem because the spider veins are usually concealed by hair growth on the leg. However, sclerotherapy is just as effective for men who seek treatment for spider veins.

Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and your self confidence, but it's unrealistic to believe that every spider vein will disappear as a result of sclerotherapy. After each treatment with sclerotherapy, the veins will appear less visible. Two or more sessions are usually required to achieve the desired result.

You should also be aware that the procedure treats only those veins that are visable. There is no known way to repair the leaky valves that cause spider veins. Although the spider veins that are treated with sclerothapy will disappear after a few treatments, new spider veins will continue to grow. Even so, it is usually better to treat the small spider veins as they appear rather waiting for them to become varicose veins.

A minor side effect of can be some brown spots on the skin near the treated areas. These spots usually fade within a few months. Another side effect of spider vein treatment is telangiectatic matting (fine red blood vessels that grow in place of the treated spider vein). Telangiectatic matting can be treated with a laser.

Serious medical complications from sclerotherapy are extremely rare. The risks include the formation of large blood clots, severe inflammation, allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution and skin injury that could leave a permanent scar.

The first treatment for spider veins is usually sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is an excellent choice for treating spider veins that are between 1 millimeter and 4 millimeters in size. Spider veins that are smaller than 1 millimeter are difficult to inject but fairly easy to treat with a laser. Spider veins that are greater than 4 millimeters in size ususally require endovascular laser therapy or surgery. After your initial consultation, sclerotherapy treatments are scheduled in 15 minute increments. The amount of time we schedule for your spider veint treatment depends on the amount of spider veins that need treatment. Most of the spider vein treatments take about 15-45 minutes.

Immediately after your sclerotherapy treatment, the sider veins will look worse. That is because the sclerotherapy treatment causes the spider veins to become inflamed. It is this inflamation that causes the sider veins to contract and eventually disappear.

Within a few weeks, most patients notice a substantial improvement in the appearance of the skin. As time passes, you may find that you have new spider veins that need a touch-up. But even if you choose not to have further sclerotherapy, your legs will look better than if you never had treatment at all. You really can get rid of your spider veins with sclerotherpay.

Sclerotherapy Wellington, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee

Before
Before sclerotherapy Wellington, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee
After
After sclerotherapy Wellington, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee

 

Diagnosis - Spider Veins Before Sclerotherapy
Elapsed time - 6 weeks after treatment with Sclerotherapy
Analysis - Dramatic reduction due to sclerotherapy


Sclerotherapy Targets

  • Spider Veins
  • Leg aches

Sclerotherapy Benefits

  • Great looking legs!
  • Legs feel better!
  • Get rid of spider veins with sclerotherapy!

 

 

FAQ's...

Q.) What causes Spider Veins?

A.) There are valves inside the large veins of the legs that are supposed to prevent the blood from flowing backwards into the legs. Over time, these valves start to leak. The leaking is made worse by weight gain, pregnancy and some illnesses. Some people are genetically predisposed to having leaky valves. The blood begins to flow backwards into the legs which causes an increase in pressure inside these large veins. The increased pressure cause new smaller veins to grow. These new smaller veins eventually reach the skin where they become spider veins. Unfortunately, there is no treatment available to fix the leaky valves.

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