Spider Vein Removal

Spider veins are small, superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue in the skin. They commonly occur on the legs, but are also found on the face.

Spider veins on the nose or the cheeks of fair-skinned people may be related to sun exposure or to skin disorders including Rosacea.  Female hormones may also play a role in development of spider veins. Unwanted facial spider veins can be treated with laser or intense pulsed light. 

Varicose leg veins occur mainly from genetic susceptibility.  Leg veins respond best to sclerotherapy.

Treatment of facial spider veins

How are unwanted blood vessels on the face treated?

Using a combination of the latest in SCITON YAG Laser and BBL technology, blood vessels can be selectively destroyed without injuring the overlying skin. This results in approximately 75% improvement after a single treatment, with very little risk of scarring. Depending on the individual, more than one treatment is usually required.

Is the procedure painful?

The treatment feels like the flicking of a hot rubber band against the skin. This is brief and instantaneous. A mild burning sensation may persist for several hours after treatment. Some redness and swelling of the skin may persist for 3-7 days. Occasionally, mild crusting occurs.  Makeup can be worn immediately, and sun protection (SPF 40+) is essential following treatment.

Do spider veins come back after treatment?

By eliminating the factors which led to the development of these vessels (i.e. excessive sun exposure, smoking, etc.), the recurrence is reduced. However, certain factors such as heredity and skin conditions such as rosacea may lead to the development of new spider veins. Repeat treatment 1-2 years later may be necessary in these cases.

Sclerotherapy of leg veins

How are unwanted blood vessels on the legs treated?

Sclerotherapy has been in use for many years for successful removal of unwanted spider veins on the legs. During the treatment session, the Dermatologist injects a sclerosing solution directly into the blood vessel with a very fine needle. This can be associated with a mild stinging or burning sensation. 

Are there side effects to sclerotherapy?

Possible side effects include:

  • swelling of the ankles or feet, or muscle cramps
  • red, raised areas at the sites of injection
  • brown lines or spots on the skin at the sites of treated blood vessels.
  • development of groups of fine red blood vessels near the sites of injection of larger vessels

How successful is sclerotherapy?

After a series of treatments, most patients can expect an 80-90% improvement. Fading will gradually occur over months. Preventive measures, discussed during your consultation, may reduce the recurrence of new vessels.

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