Spider Vein and Vein Therapy
Are you tired of those unsightly red and blue vessels in your legs or hands? If so, we can help.
Dr. Abrams uses sclerotherapy to safely remove unsightly veins. This is a walk-in, walk-out procedure with no anesthetic required.
Spider veins are small enlarged superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue. They commonly occur on the legs, but frequently occur on the face or elsewhere.
What causes these blood vessels to become visible?
The cause of spider veins is not completely known. In many cases they seem to run in families. Identical twins can be affected in the same area of the body and to the same extent. The condition reraly occurs as part of an internal disease.
How are unwanted blood vessels on the legs treated?
The injection method, a procedure called sclerotherapy is used to treat unwanted blood vessels. One of several kinds of solutions, called sclerosing solution, is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. This procedure has been used for spider veins since the 1930’s and before that for larger veins. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell, stick toghtherm and the blood to thicken. Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns in o scar tissue that is absorbed, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible.
How successful is sclerotherapy?
After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50 percent to 90 percent improvement. However, fading is gradual, usually over months. Diappearance of spider veins is usually achieved, but similar veins may appear in the same general area.
Can sclerotherapy or lasers be used on all skin types?
Yes. All skin types and skin colors respond equally well.
Will insurance cover the treatment of unwanted blood vessels?
Insurance rarely covers treatment of spider veins but may sometimes cover larger vein treatment. If the treatment is solely for cosmetic reasons, it may not be covered. Sometimes a second opinion, laboratory studies, or photographs are required by insurance companies before treatment is started to get the procedure covered for larger varicose veins.
Are there side effects to spider vein treatments?
Even with a highly experienced physician performing the treatment, there are some possible side effects.We recommend scheduling a consultation with Doctor Abrams prior to the treatment.
Will treated veins recur?
Larger veins may recur even after surgical procedures. Spider veins may also recur. It may seem that a preciously injected vessel has recurred, when in fact, a new spider vein has appeared in the same area.
Is a history of blood clots in the lungs or legs a reason to avoid therapy?
Not necessarily, but the procedure must be done with caution to lessen the risk of blood clots.
Are there other treatment methods?
Surgically tying veins off (ligation), or pulling them out (ambulatory phlebectomy), are other procedures for treating unwanted blod vessels. These methods are usually reserved for larger varicose veins.
What do I do after treatments?
Dr. Abrams recommend to bandage the injected areas and instruct patients to “compress” the treated vessels by wearing support host. This help seal the treated vessels, keep the blod form collecting under the skin, and reduce the development of dark pots. It also help reduce the number of treatments necessary, and the possibility of recurrence.
Do you have other questions?
Please schedule an appointment and we can work with you in determining the best options available to reach your goals.
Contact us at 926-2300 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our special packages.