Treatment of Lower Extremity Spider Veins
Pittsburgh Area Spider Vein Treatments
Sclerotherapy refers to treatment of spider veins by injecting a solution, known as a sclerosing agent, into the small vessels. This solution causes the vessels to scar over and close down. Once the small veins have scarred and closed, the body slowly reabsorbs them.
Every patient is different, and typically improvement of spider veins requires 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, unwanted veins and capillaries on the face are treated differently. Small vascular lesions and facial spider veins (including those seen with rosacea) are treated with light or laser treatments. The thermal energy delivered from these devices triggers the vascular lesions to spasm and 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 usually minimal to mild. Sun and other UV avoidance is imperative before and after treatments.