What is Vein Sclerotherapy?
Spider veins are dilated small blood vessels that are red or bluish in color. They appear mostly on the legs, occasionally on the face or elsewhere, and may often be unwanted. They can be short, unconnected lines each about the size of a large hair or connected in a scraggly, “sunburst” pattern. They may also look like a spider web or a tree with branches. Sometimes, they occur in a small area and are not very noticeable, or they can cover a large area of the skin and be quite unattractive.
Larger dilated blood vessels called varicose veins (varicosities) may be raised above the skin surface. They can occur along with spider veins. Some people with varicose veins may experience pain, ranging from a dull throbbing to a burning sensation. The larger veins are more likely to cause this type of discomfort.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for enlarged superficial blood vessels and varicose veins mainly at the lower extremities. The process consists of injecting small amounts of either hypertonic saline or Soltradecol into each vein. This process involves the destruction of the lining of the blood vessels. These saline solutions destroy the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible.
Although unwanted blood vessels carry blood, the greatest majority of them, especially spider veins, are not necessary for normal blood flow. If they are unsightly or uncomfortable, they can be treated. Injections of saline solution is an effective and less invasive procedure to resolve spider veins and sometimes large painful veins. After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50% to 90% improvement.
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Dr. Bennion offers services for Spider Veins in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY
Central Wyoming Skin Clinic at (307) 234-0003 today!