Having prominent veins on the body such as spider veins can be embarrassing and cause you to feel insecure. If you find yourself hiding various parts of your body due to the appearance of unsightly veins, it’s time for you to find a solution to your problem.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small in size and are usually purple or red. They twist and can be seen easily through the skin. Sometimes they are so twisted together that they look like red flushing, or a bruise that doesn’t go away. These differ from varicose veins, which are bluer in color, large and raised, and sometimes painful.

Both of these conditions can occur on the legs and in some cases, it may even appear on the face. They may appear for several reasons, including genetics, spending long periods of time standing, hormonal changes, and obesity.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

If you have spider veins on your body, then sclerotherapy may be the perfect solution for you. This medical procedure can help eliminate spider and varicose veins, leaving your skin free from the unsightly look of visible veins. It is a very safe and effective procedure for both men and women.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution known as a sclerosant directly into the vein. The solution disturbs the lining of the affected blood vessel and causes the vein to collapse. The inside lining will stick to itself until the vein seals closed with a clot.

After some time passes, the blood vessel will slowly disappear from sight. The blood will then be rerouted to other healthier veins.

Why Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy has been used safely and successfully for decades to treat unsightly veins, especially on the outer thighs and lower legs. Although vascular laser is a viable alternative, studies show a higher success rate with sclerotherapy for leg vein treatment. Dr. Enzer recommends starting treatment when they first become noticeable. Anyone who has them is more likely to grow more in the future, so vigilance is important.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

The amount of treatments you need depends on the target area, the size of the veins, and how many veins needs to be treated. Generally, patients who undergo the procedure will need at least three treatments for optimal results. Each treatment will need to be spaced two months apart.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the ideal solution for anyone who isn’t pleased with unsightly veins. You are also a good candidate if:

• You aren’t pregnant and don’t plan on becoming pregnant anytime soon.
• You don’t have a history of blood clots.
• You’re in good health and don’t have a history of serious health conditions.
• You aren’t using any blood thinning medication, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory drugs.
• You have realistic expectations about the results you plan to obtain from the procedure.

Contact Our Office

To find out if you will make a good candidate for the procedure, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Yoash Enzer, a board-certified surgeon and Rhode Island’s leading laser and cosmetic specialist, will address your questions and concerns and help you achieve the results you desire.