Are you may find yourself asking this question often; after all, both of these skin conditions contain several similarities. Varicose veins and spider veins are common conditions that can cause [...]
Treatment for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
When the valves in a patient’s body have become “leaky” they are at risk of developing spider veins, reticular veins and/or varicose veins. The before and after photos of patient’s treated for varicose veins in the gallery (to the right) show results that can be achieved when a patient is treated with sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy and Laser Treatments
Sclerotherapy is a series of sotradecol injections or saline injections that are made directly into these enlarged veins, causing inflammation and the collapse of the vessels. The treatment of varicose veins with sclerotherapy can lead to dramatic improvement in the appearance of your legs. While some veins are not treatable with sclerotherapy, those veins can typically be treated by laser instead. For optimal results most patients who want to get rid of their varicose veins require a series of 3 to 6 sclerotherapy and laser treatments. Once a treatment is finished, regular activity can be resumed, but it is suggested that patients wear compression stockings for at least seven (7) days post treatment.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
In most patients suffering from varicose veins the onset of this condition is due to genetic factors. However, varicose veins (or spider veins) can also occur if a person is required to stand for long periods of time during the day, or simply as part of the aging process. In women, varicose veins can be the result of high estrogen states (which can occur in pregnancy or from oral contraceptives use). Because the valves in the veins become “leaky” blood pools in the legs rather than flowing up toward the heart the buildup of pressure in these cases, eventually causes the enlargement of the veins, which makes them visible on the skin.
For the best results in the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins (see our photo gallery of before and after sclerotherapy photos), seek consultation by a qualified physician such as a board certified dermatologist. If you live in Livingston, Madison, Harding, or anywhere in Northern New Jersey, and would like to learn if you are a candidate for treatment of spider veins or treatment of varicose veins, email us, or call us at 973-232-6245 to schedule an appointment.
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