Spider veins (thin red web like networks of blood vessels that appear on your skin) are usually harmless, though they can sometimes cause aching, burning or pain, especially when you’ve been standing for long periods.
We offer a few different methods for removal:
- Asclera– used for larger veins sometimes found on legs. This procedure, available since 1930s, uses a highly concentrated saline (salt) solution or a specially made detergent that is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear gradually over three to six weeks. The procedure is simple, relatively inexpensive, and can be performed in an outpatient setting. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is usually effective if done correctly. Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia and is done in an office visit. Compression stocking should be used after the procedure for at least 3-4 weeks.
- Radiofrequency– For those spider veins that are too small to be injected, Radiofrequency can be applied externally, without entering the skin and over the vein. The energy will cause the veins to collapse. This procedure may need to be repeated in 3-4 weeks for residual spider veins. Compression stocking should be use after the procedure for at least 1-2 weeks.
- Laser – A 980nm laser is specific for red cells. By using this laser, it is possible to occlude these small vessels and make the spider veins disappear. As with previous procedure, a second or third treatment may be necessary for residual spider veins. Compression stocking are not mandatory but are recommended for 1-2 weeks.