If you are a woman of a certain age, you most likely have heard of spider veins. It\u2019s possible you might even have some. Spider veins are not unique to women, however. They affect men and women alike. If you have spider veins, you probably shy away from wearing shorts even when it is hot. You might not feel comfortable in a bathing suit, either. Thankfully, some treatments can diminish the appearance of spider veins. Sometimes treatment can make spider veins nearly invisible. At Metro Vein Clinic, Dr. Afzal has spent years treating vein conditions. With three convenient locations in the Minneapolis area, you are not far from relief. Call today and set up your first consultation. What are Spider Veins? Spider veins and varicose veins are often confused. Both have to do with discolored or enlarged veins, typically on the legs and feet. However, spider veins and varicose veins can appear in other areas of the body. Spider veins are generally smaller than varicose veins. They will display as thin red lines under the surface of the skin. People describe spider veins as looking like spider webs. Each of these lines is a blood vessel. Spider veins are most often harmless and rarely pose a serious risk. Some people report slight pain, aching, or burning after standing for a long time. Spider Vein Treatment Options While there are several different treatment options available, the primary spider vein treatment is sclerotherapy. Other options include laser surgery, massage therapy, or compression socks. With sclerotherapy, a doctor injects the affected vein with a solution. This solution causes the damaged vein to scar and close up. This closure forces the blood to find a new route through vessels that are healthier. After a couple of weeks, the treated veins will show signs of improvement. The red and blue veins fade, and the skin should look normal again. Sometimes, a particular area will require more than one injection. However, sclerotherapy is very effective when done correctly. Sclerotherapy is a low-risk spider vein treatment. A doctor can perform this treatment in the office with no anesthesia and little or no downtime for you. Potential side effects can include swelling, itching, and skin discoloration in the injected area. Some doctors choose to utilize laser surgery to treat spider veins. In this method, a laser will pulse bursts of light in the affected vein. This light treatment makes the blood vessel return to the normal color and disappear from sight. While laser surgery does not require needles or incisions, many professionals see laser therapy as less effective than sclerotherapy. The side effects of laser surgery may include redness, bruising, swelling, itching, and discoloration of the skin around the therapy sight. Typically, blood vessels will take a couple of months to fade. Sometimes, they do not disappear completely, and you still will notice slight discoloration. There is always the chance new spider veins can appear in a similar area, as well. Why Get Rid of Spider Veins? There are many benefits to receiving spider vein treatments. First, and most noticeable to many people, are the physical benefits. You will no longer have red or blue lines throughout your legs. Your legs will look healthier and feel better as well. The procedures are simple and very common. The methods for treating spider veins are state of the art and happen thousands of times a day across the country. With low risk and little downtime, there is no reason to wait. What to Expect? At Metro Vein Clinic, Dr. Afzal has performed more than 100,000 injections. He has devoted his career to treating vein problems for patients throughout Minneapolis. You can feel comfortable receiving spider vein treatment from Dr. Afzal. After your initial consultation, sclerotherapy treatment will begin on the affected area. All procedures occur in the clinic in a sterile environment. General anesthesia is not necessary, so you receive only local anesthesia. Our patients often return to work the same day. During the procedure, the doctor injects a solution into the diseased vein. Because spider veins are visible to the naked eye, doctors don\u2019t need to rely on ultrasound images during the procedure. The solution irritates the damaged veins, causing them to collapse. Your body reroutes the blood through healthier veins. Your body eventually will absorb the closed vessels. During one sclerotherapy session, the patient receives anywhere from ten to thirty injections. When necessary to treat a diseased vein properly, Dr. Afzal has done up to sixty injections in a single session. There is no prescribed number of doses as each patient is different, and each spider vein is unique. Patients might experience some bruising or aching after the procedure. There are some uncommon side effects like allergic reactions, ulcers, or blood clots. However, these are extremely rare. At Metro Vein Clinic there has never been an allergic reaction, and side effects occur in fewer than .01% of cases. This rate is much lower than the national average. Call Metro Vein Clinic Today If you are seeking treatment for spider vein removal, call Metro Vein Clinic today at 612-789-8346. We are ready to help you have healthy and beautiful legs again. Metro Vein Clinic has served the Twin City area for more than seven years. Our physicians have a combined 75 years of experience. Our patients leave our office satisfied, and their reviews speak for themselves. Our Facebook and Google reviews elaborate on the incredible care our patients receive and how happy they are with the treatments. For the convenience of our patients, we offer Saturday appointments. We know life is busy, and Metro Vein Clinic wants to ensure we are available when you are. We also have patient care coordinators that will walk you through the steps to deal with insurance and HSA. At Metro Vein Clinic, our goal is to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. Call us today and set up your first appointment. Healthy legs free of spider veins are in your near future.