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 use sclerotherapy to 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. These vein are known as “spider veins”, named after the way the appear to spread out like a web.
Even though they form beneath the skin, the dark color of spider veins makes them visible on the skin surface. Their formation is in most cases a result of aging. Veins return de-oxygenated blood to the heart, and in the legs they are pushing blood against gravity the entire way.
Beyond age, there are other factors that can make a person more likely to develop spider veins:
Spider veins aren’t painful and don’t present a health problem, but most people don’t like the look of them on their legs. We remove them with sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy was first developed in the 1930s, but continues to be the best method for removing spider veins, particularly the larger ones.
During sclerotherapy, 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, and the body then absorbs the vein and the coagulated blood within it over the next few weeks. The appearance of the vein on the surface usually disappears or is dramatically reduced instantly. Any blood that was routed through the vein is rerouted to an adjacent, healthier vein by the body.
A sclerotherapy session at Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center is fast, taking just 15-20 minutes in most cases. 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.
In most cases, we’ll put you in compression stockings after your sclerotherapy session, particularly if you’ve had multiple veins treated. These hose improve your body’s ability to heal and absorb the closed off spider veins. You’ll wear them for up to two weeks.
Isn’t it time to get rid of unsightly spider veins? Call Dr. Serebrakian to schedule a consultation at (510) 724-8282 in Pinole or (415) 461-5755 in Larkspur. We serve Pinole, Larkspur, the San Francisco Bay Area, and surrounding areas.