Problem: “Gross! It looks like a road map on my legs – I have spider veins all over. Is there a way to erase these unsightly veins that won’t have me doubled over in pain?”
Treatment: Enhancing your appearance with spider vein treatment, as known as Sclerotherapy.
If you sometimes avoid showing your legs because you have spider veins — those small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles — you are not alone. It’s estimated that at least half of all women are bothered by this common cosmetic problem.
If you would like to eliminate your spider veins and improve your appearance, your plastic surgeon can help. Today there are very effective, safe and relatively painless methods available for eradicating spider veins.
In some women, spider veins become noticeable in their early 20s. For others, the veins may not become obvious until they reach their 40s. Men get spider veins, too. However, usually they are concealed by hair growth on the leg.
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:
This common method of removing superficial and larger veins uses tiny injections of a salt solution that, when introduced into the vein, irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time (a few weeks to several months) the vessel turns into scar tissue and, eventually, fades from view.
The process is not painful – usually it causes minor discomfort and possibly cramping around the treated area, but rarely is it painful. Because Sandy is so proficient at administering pain-free injections, her clients rave about both the gentleness and effectiveness of “Sclerotherapy-a-la-Sandy!” The entire procedure takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes, most patients only require 3 or 4 treatments, and veins that are responsive to treatment never reappear! Typically, 50-80% of injected veins are eliminated with each session.
Sandy recommends Sclerotherapy to many of her clients, explaining that the process is fast, easy, and permanent. Sclerotherapy-a-la-Sandy is a great way to get Summer-ready legs!