Spider veins are tiny, visible veins that appear on the skin and are typically red or purple in color. Also called telangiectasia, these visible veins resemble spiderwebs and are most common on the legs and face. While spider veins do not usually cause discomfort, patients may wish to treat them for cosmetic reasons. Visual sclerotherapy can help eliminate spider veins quickly and with minimal recovery time.
Candidates for visual sclerotherapy are in good general health and have realistic expectations for their results. Patients are concerned about the following:
Visual sclerotherapy does not require anesthesia. A fine needle is used to inject a sclerosant fluid into the affected vein. The fluid irritates the lining of the vein and causes it to collapse. The blood is then re-routed to healthy veins, and the collapsed vein is absorbed by the body.
The procedure can be completed in 15 to 30 minutes. Multiple treatment sessions may be recommended.
After your treatment, compression stockings may be recommended. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for a few days but should continue light exercises, such as walking, to help maintain circulation. You may experience some slight bruising or discomfort, but these side effects typically resolve within a few days.