Undesired visible spider/varicose veins are treatable via various methods at A-P Medical Group “Spider” veins (telangiectasias) are dilated, visible small blood vessels in the skin or near the surface while varicose veins are larger variants, usually located variably below the skin surface in the fatty layer. Most commonly, spider veins occur on the face, and legs. Spider veins post no health risk, however, they may produce a dull aching in the legs with prolonged sanding and indicate more severe venous disease. Varicose veins may be associated with other conditions: phlebitis (an inflamed, tender vein), thrombosis (a blood clot in vein), and/or venous stasis rash and/or ulcer (an open, poorly healing sore). Exact cause is unknown, however heredity, pregnancy and hormonal influences are thought to be the primary contributing factors for both conditions. Sclerotherapy Cosmetic Surgeons is the gold standard for removal of spider and some varicose leg veins. A concentrated saline or other chemical solution is injected with a very tiny needle into the spider and/or varicose veins. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to close and become replaced by scar tissue, which is eventually absorbed. The movement of blood is re-routed to nearby, healthy vessels.
After treatment, support hose for 2-3 days or longer is recommended. Walking and moderate exercise may speed recovery. Periodic treatment of new vessels may be necessary, as sclerotherapy does not prevent new spider or varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is safe, effective, and can be performed any time of the year. Side effects/risks are very infrequent, usually self-limited and not dangerous. Alternative therapies include Ambulatory Phlebectomy and some Lasers.