If you are hesitant to wear shorts or a skirt due to visible spider veins in your legs, sclerotherapy offers a safe and comfortable solution.
Spider veins are an indication of increased pressure and a weakening of the blood vessel. Whether your spider veins are due to pregnancy, injury, medication, or genetics, Pennsylvania plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Louton can help you get rid of these unsightly markings for good.
Choices for Spider Vein Removal
Blair Plastic Surgery offers two options for the treatment of spider veins on the legs:
- Sclerotherapy with hypertonic saline
- Laser treatments with the Lumenis Nd:Yag 1064 laser
Sclerotherapy is still the treatment of choice for the removal of spider veins, red or blue broken blood vessels on the legs. Because laser vein treatments are most effective on fine spider veins on the legs, the best course of action is to first treat larger veins with sclerotherapy, followed by a clean-up session to the remaining smaller veins with our vascular laser.
Typically, spider veins tend to occur in women over age 30, although men and younger patients can also experience them. If you have large, painful veins, Dr. Louton may recommend an alternative such as surgical stripping of the varicose vein.
Your Sclerotherapy Treatment
Sclerotherapy treatments for spider veins involve injecting a solution directly into the vein after an anesthetic is applied, causing the vein to close or collapse and then be absorbed by the body. The treatment may last from 15 minutes to one hour, and multiple sessions may be required.
Visible fading can be expected about two weeks after the first treatment and continued improvement can be seen up to 12 weeks after a sclerotherapy session. There may be slight burning or stinging with each injection. In some cases, patients can expect minor bruising, swelling, or redness, which should dissipate in a few days. After treatment, you will need to wear compression stockings. Plan to purchase these at your local drug store prior to your visit.
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Your Vascular Laser Treatment
Lumenis’ Nd:YAG technology works by selectively heating blood vessels of different sizes and depths. The longer wavelength of light and pulsing characteristics of the system allow the energy to be virtually invisible to the epidermal melanin, thus protecting the skin and allowing treatment of all skin types and tanned skin. Normally only a few pulses of the laser are required to achieve complete closure and sealing of the vessels.
Once the vessels are sealed, the body will gradually remove them and their appearance will be lightened or diminished altogether. Treating blood vessels in this manner may require more than one treatment in order to fully seal the blood vessel, but some blood vessels will seal with just one treatment.
Nd:Yag 1064nm Leg Vein Laser
The Lumenis Nd:Yag 1064nm laser is used for the treatment of spider veins on the legs. It can also be used for stubborn larger veins on the face usually seen at the base and sides of the nose. Treatments may cause some swelling and blistering which resolves quickly with excellent results.
Please contact Blair Plastic Surgery online or by phone at 800-833-3888 today to learn more about our spider vein removal options. We serve patients in Dubois, Altoona, State College, Lewistown, Bedford, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.