Telangiectasias is commonly called spider veins or thread veins. This is because the group of dilated veins appears as a spider web made of tiny threads. They are close to the surface of the skin and are usually purple, red or blue in appearance. They can develop anywhere on the body, but are most often seen on the legs, face and chest. They may be located near any varicose veins because the swollen veins may put pressure on the nearby smaller veins, causing them to show. Spider veins are the most common in people over the age of 50. The good news is they can usually be completely removed with sclerotherapy.
A minimally-invasive procedure, sclerotherapy is used at our office to treat spider veins. It involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution safely damages the vein wall, causing it to collapse. It also coagulates the blood in the vein. When the vein collapses, the other blood will naturally flow through healthy veins back to the heart. Sclerotherapy is a very safe procedure and has been used for decades.
While spider veins are not dangerous to your health, they are considered by most to be unsightly. They commonly appear on the thighs, feet and ankles. Sclerotherapy is considered the best treatment for spider veins. Soon after the treatment, any vein symptoms may improve.
During your consultation with our specialist, you will learn if sclerotherapy is your best option for removing spider veins. Tell our specialist if you are allergic to any medication or are taking prescription medication. You should also mention if you smoke or are taking birth control pills.
Right after the procedure, you may be asked to walk around. This is to move the blood and prevent blood clots from forming. It also maximizes the treatment’s results. You may be asked to wear compression stockings for a set amount of time after your procedure to put pressure on the treated veins. There is no recovery time, and you can immediately return to work or other normal daily activities.
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. It has the potential to completely remove them so that you have smooth, clear legs again. Talk to the team at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre to see if this treatment can benefit you. Our office is conveniently located in Guelph.