Spider Vein Treatment
“I won’t wear shorts in the summer” is often a statement patients with unsightly spider veins make about their legs.
Sclerotherapy is a term used to describe the treatment of spider veins in the legs. Injectable treatment of spider veins, as well as slightly larger blue or green veins, called Reticular veins, is done at our office utilizing FDA approved Asclera. While laser options exist, injectable treatments remain the gold standard for the correction of most spider veins. This is because the laser treatments are typically limited to a specific depth. Injectables allow for more customized treatment of unsightly veins.
Large, bulging varicose veins can be painful. This type of issue should be evaluated by a vein specialist, and in many cases, is coverable by insurance. Between 30% and 60% of American adults have varicose veins. We can refer our patients to a vein specialist in our area if requested.
Our practice specializes in the cosmetic treatment option only, that is, spider veins that remain after treatment by a vein specialist, or spider veins in those who do not have large, bulging veins. This type of treatment is considered cosmetic, and therefore is typically not covered by insurance or Medicare.
Patient evaluation is important. While pregnancy can cause the occurrence of visible spider veins, treatment is avoided while pregnant or breast feeding. People with severe allergies may not be a candidate for sclerotherapy.
The treatment is done by a registered nurse with tiny needles and is mildly uncomfortable. After the treatment, it is strongly recommended that patients wear compression hosiery for the first 24 hours and then while awake for three weeks. 15-20 mm HG is the strength of compression hose we recommend and these can be purchased online or in a local drug store or medical supply store. They should be brought to the appointment and applied immediately after the treatment. We also recommend bringing walking shoes to take a 20 minute walk prior to returning home (if weather permits).
Depending on the amount of veins present, more than one treatment may be required, but once the desired outcome is achieved, it may be many years before more veins may become visible. Legs can be beautiful again!
Dignity Medical Aesthetics is proud to serve the Cameron Park area. We are located in beautiful El Dorado Hills, California. Contact us today!