As we age purple, red, and blue squiggly lines start showing up on our legs, ankles, and calves — spider veins. While they usually aren’t painful, no one likes the look of spider veins. At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, we help remove spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure used for varicose vein and spider vein removal from the legs. In sclerotherapy, a saline solution is injected directly into the targeted vein making it fade away over time.
When we’re young, our muscles and other tissues surrounding the veins help push the blood upward. But as we age, these tissues weaken, as do the vein walls. This allows the blood to sometimes pool in the vein, rather than running cleanly through. This makes the vein larger and it can be seen through the surface of the skin.
Beyond age, there are other factors that can make a person more likely to develop spider veins: jobs that require prolonged standing or sitting, hormonal changes, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and heredity.
How does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy uses a saline solution is injected directly into the targeted vein. Once inside the vein, this solution irritates the vein walls, causing them to collapse. This seals off the vein making the appearance of the vein on the surface usually disappears or dramatically reduced instantly.
At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center we can treat multiple spider veins in a single session. One treatment usually removes the vein, but occasionally a larger vein may need a second treatment. However, each individual is different and further sessions may be needed to achieve the desired results.
In most cases, we’ll put you in compression stockings after your sclerotherapy session, particularly if you’ve had multiple veins treated. These hosen improve your body’s ability to heal and absorb the closed-off spider veins. You’ll wear them for up to two weeks.
Remove your spider veins today, and call Dr. Serebrakian to schedule a consultation at (510) 724-8282 in Pinole or (415) 461-5755 in Larkspur! We serve Pinole, Larkspur, San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding areas in California.