Spider Vein Therapy

Millions of women are bothered by spider veins—those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it's estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem.

 

Today, many plastic surgeons are treating spider veins with sclerotherapy. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. The procedure may also remedy the bothersome symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling and night cramps.

 

Although this procedure has been used in Europe for more than 50 years, it has only become popular in the United States during the past decade. The introduction of sclerosing agents that are mild enough to be used in small veins has made sclerotherapy predictable and relatively painless.

 

If you're considering sclerotherapy to improve the appearance of your legs, this brochure will give you a basic understanding of the procedure - when it can help, how it's performed and what results you can expect. It won't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don't understand.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins—known in the medical world as telangiectasias or sunburst varicosities—are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it.

 

A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.

 

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.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy was developed over 75 years ago and today is one of the most common treatments for spider veins. During the treatment, a sclerosing agent is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. Treatments can last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins treated in a particular session. The solution, once injected into the vein, replaces the blood in the vein and causes irritation and corrosion to the walls of the vessel. The body then begins the natural healing process and the vein begins to decompose, shrink and eventually disappear.

What are the side effects?

In most cases, you will be able to resume regular activities immediately. However, vigorous activities or excessive standing is not advised for 24 to 48 hours. Following treatment, the affected veins may darken and the area may appear bruised. Support hose or a snug wrapping to the treated area may be recommended. This application of pressure will help reduce side effects and aid in more effective healing and treatment. After the treatment of larger vessels, the affected area may appear pigmented but this is temporary and will fade over time.

What results will I see?

Gradual improvement will be noticed. Many patients experience 60% to 80% of the treated vessels resolved. During the consultation, you will be advised as to the number of treatments necessary to achieve desired results.

Who is a candidate?

The physician or his/her staff will determine if you are a candidate. During your consultation, your medical history will be reviewed to determine the cause and severity of your condition. Depending on the types of veins, a combination of different treatment modalities may be suggested. Schedule your consultation today and find out how this exciting procedure can benefit you!

 

 

How many treatments will it take?

Several treatments may be required to achieve the optimum result. In some cases, as few as two or three treatments will achieve the desired outcome.

What is treatment like?

The problem veins will be examined and reviewed with you by Dr. Atalla. A treatment strategy will then be decided upon to eradicate these veins. You may be asked to stand while the problem veins are marked and photographs taken. The sclerosing agent will then be injected into the targeted veins. Discomfort is minimal and no anesthesia is required. You may be asked to bring support hose or supportive wrap to your appointment. This precautionary post-treatment measure will apply compression to the treated vessels to prevent recurrence.

 

 

Price

Injection: $250 (1/2 hour)

Laser: $400 (1 hour); $200 (1/2 hour)

T/U: $175 (1 hour)

 

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