Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment for the cosmetic appearance of spider and varicose veins. Often times, genetics, exposure to sun, injuries, hormonal changes and blood that is not able to flow freely or is backed up, can lead to spider veins in the legs.
Sclerotherapy is a salt solution that is injected with a needle into the vein. Many women post-partum after delivery, labor and pregnancy can find themselves facing new spider veins in their legs although they never had them before. The pressure of the weight of one’s body in addition to gravity can also lead to the existence of these unwanted veins. Leg veins are a primary method of blood flow to the heart and when the blood is backed up- these blood vessels appear larger and are more noticeable. Abnormal leg veins can affect both men and women alike and are very common.
Sometimes, sclerotherapy can be used when laser therapy is not recommended. Intense Pulsed Light Laser therapy is another cosmetic treatment for spider and varicose veins.
Contact OC Skin Institute today to learn more about these treatment options for unwanted spider and varicose veins. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tony Nakhla is also a dermatologic surgeon.