Spider Vein Treatments
Cosmetic Laser CentersSM treats unsightly and unwanted spider veins for the face and lower extremities.
Sclerotherapy is a widely accepted and safe procedure for the treatment of spider veins in the thighs and legs. Spider veins are smaller, red or purple blood vessels that are not typically raised. Like varicose veins, they can be seen through the skin and are very common on the thighs and legs. Spider veins are caused by one or a variety of the following factors: lifestyle, heredity, history of blood clots, prolonged standing, and hormones among others.
Sclerotherapy has been around for over eighty years and has been proven to be highly effective. Small needles are used so the procedure is minimally uncomfortable. Procedure time will vary depending on how many areas need treatment. A typical procedure takes 20-30 minutes. There is minimal downtime. Patients are advised to walk and wear compression hose on the treated leg after sclerotherapy. Patients are educated that results from sclerotherapy may not be noticeable for several weeks.
Spider veins are also common on the face, and these are typically treated with lights or lasers. Call us today to get started! 724-935-4200
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.
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