What is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins?
Spider veins are those tiny red blood vessels that appear on the skin, most commonly in the nose area and lower extremities. Varicose veins are larger dilated blue blood vessels that can be raised above the skin’s surface and appear on the back of the legs.
What causes these vein disorders?
Heredity accounts for up to 80 percent of people who develop spider or varicose veins. People who stand or sit for long periods of time are more susceptible. Other factors like pregnancy, hormonal changes, lack of exercise, weight gain, and age can cause spider and varicose veins.
What is the best therapy for varicose veins?
The best therapy for varicose veins is a procedure called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein with a very tiny needle. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. This vein’s lumen closure will result in demise and subsequent total absorption of the vein over the next couple weeks. Once this non-functional vein is treated, the blood returns to the heart through a deeper vein system. This will result in resolution of leg pain, edema and fatigue because of effective blood circulation.
What is the best therapy for small spider veins?
Most spider veins can be treated solely by laser. If it is a larger spider vein, we do this in combination with sclerotherapy.
How much down time do patients need after sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a lunchtime procedure with no down time. Patients will need to wear elastic bands on top of the treated vein for the first day, and then compression hosiery for four days during the day time after that.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure usually does not require pain medication; however, for those who are sensitive to pain, the area can be numbed with local anesthesia.
Will there be any scarring from the procedure?
No scarring, however due to the spillage of the vein, there will be some dark discoloration for a few weeks that will resolve.
Dr. Matteo Taerri is board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He is an active member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Anesthesiology, and the World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine.
Advanced Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine of Buckhead
3379 Peachtree Road, Suite 260
Atlanta, GA 30326