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:
During your sclerotherapy treatment, we will inject a saline solution into the damaged veins. This sclerosant will cause an irritation to the vein, causing them to collapse. Dr. Serebrakian will use an ultrasound to verify proper placement of the saline solution and sclerosant. Once the vein collapses, your body will naturally reabsorb it and healthier veins will form in it’s place.
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 stockings will 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 at (510) 724-8282 to schedule a consultation for our Pinole location, or (415) 461-5755 for Larkspur! We serve Pinole, Larkspur, San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding areas in California.