Do you find that your level of self-esteem has been decreased because of the presence of visible spider veins? Many people find themselves dressing differently to cover them up. Still others are reluctant to participate in social activities because they are so concerned over what other people will think that they simply choose to avoid crowds. If you have had these kinds of thoughts because of the presence of spider veins, you should definitely seek professional treatment for them.
Spider veins form because the blood is not flowing through the capillaries or smaller vessels as efficiently as it should. This causes the blood to back up and pool in the vessels. They will become enlarged as a result. When this happens, they can be seen through the skin in the form of red, blue or purple lines that often are interwoven. They can resemble a spider web or even the legs of a spider when this happens. This is obviously how the name was derived.
Spider veins commonly appear on the face and legs, as well as the chest. If there is any good news associated with the condition, it is that people with spider veins are seldom at risk for more serious health problems as a result. This is an area in which they differ from varicose veins. Although the two conditions are similar, varicose veins can lead to other health complications and unwanted symptoms.
Of all the treatment methods that are available to treat spider veins, sclerotherapy rises to the top as being among the most effective and risk-free. It has been in use for a very long time and continues to be because of its success rate.
Sclerotherapy is done when a solution is injected into the problem vessels. It will irritate the inside lining of the veins and cause the walls to stick together while thickening the blood inside. This will cause the veins to close off and turn into scar tissue. The body will then start to absorb what is left of the veins, and they will disappear from view over the following weeks.
This is a procedure that is done in the comfort of our office with the patient returning home immediately afterwards. There is no need to take time off for recovery. On the contrary, activity is usually encouraged to promote healing.