Spider veins are blood vessels that have been damaged. They often appear red, blue, or purple and are usually small. In most cases, they don’t have any symptoms; however, some may experience a burning or itching sensation in the areas where they appear. Spider veins can occur during pregnancy if you stand for long periods, are on birth control, or have a body mass index (BMI) over 30.
While spider veins are generally harmless, many people opt to have them treated as they can be highly visible, causing some people to feel self-conscious.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that reduces the appearance of spider and varicose veins by injecting a solvent into the vein, causing it to collapse. It also requires minimal downtime and recovery. Patients can return to their normal activities the day after their treatment and begin exercising again after a couple of weeks.
During the procedure, an ultrasound is used to inject the targeted veins with a sclerosant. The vein will then become irritated, causing it to collapse. While this may sound scary, the body can reabsorb the damaged vein, and other healthy veins take their place. In general, patients report little to no pain during their procedure, which is why no anesthesia is necessary.
We perform two types of sclerotherapy techniques: liquid and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.
Liquid sclerotherapy is a medicated liquid injected into the vein, causing it to become damaged and collapse. This solution is milder than the foam, which is why it’s most often used on smaller veins. This usually is not covered by insurance as it is often considered cosmetic in nature
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
In this procedure, ultrasound is used to get a precise visual of the targeted veins, and a foam solution is injected. Because the foam expands, it’s ideal for larger veins. When injected, the foam will push out any blood and make full contact with the vein walls, which causes the vein to close chemically.
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If you want to treat your spider veins and varicose veins, contact Premier Heart & Vein Care today. Dr. Ken Stevens is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, phlebology, and internal medicine and has extensive experience providing high-quality vascular care, including diagnosis and treatment.
Schedule a consultation today at 805-540-3333 or submit a contact form. Our office proudly serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Paso Robles, and other communities across California.