Treatment of Lower Extremity Spider Veins
Pittsburgh Area Spider Vein Treatments
Sclerotherapy refers to the treatment of spider veins by injecting a solution, known as a sclerosing agent, into the small vessels which ultimately causes them to scar over and close. Once the small veins have scarred and closed, the body slowly reabsorbs them.
Every patient is different, but typically improvement of spider veins will require multiple sessions performed several weeks apart. After treatment, patients are encouraged to wear compression hose for several days, avoid the sun, and avoid strenuous exercise for a few days.
Treatment of Unwanted Facial Spider Veins or “Telangiectasias”
Although lower extremity vessels are treated with sclerotherapy, such treatment is not typically performed on the face. Instead, small vascular lesions and facial spider veins (including those seen with rosacea) are treated with light or laser treatments. The thermal or heat energy delivered from these devices triggers the vascular lesions to close, similar to the way spider veins on the legs respond to sclerotherapy. Two such devices Cosmetic Laser CentersSM offer includes:
Typically, numerous treatments are required spaced apart by a few weeks. Downtime is typically minimal to mild. Sun and other UV avoidance is imperative before and after treatments.