If you have spider veins and feel uncomfortable about the way they look, Clark Memorial offers sclerotherapy, a non-surgical procedure that permanently eliminates spider veins.
Spider veins are small, discolored blood vessels found on numerous surfaces of the body, but most commonly on the legs. They may appear in a spider web pattern or as a series of short, unconnected lines. They're typically painless and aren't dangerous.
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Increased pressure in veins causes spider veins. Doctors don't know for sure why some people get them, and others don't. The tendency to get them is hereditary, and they're more common as you get older. Other causes include:
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that has been used for many years for spider veins. A special solution called Asclera, which is more effective than saline, is injected into the spider vein. The body absorbs that vessel and starts using healthy blood vessels instead. After a single treatment, your spider veins will begin to resolve and completely disappear within approximately two months after treatment.
Most patients report little to no pain with sclerotherapy. Common side effects are mild burning or itching that only lasts a few seconds. The treatment takes between 30-60 minutes, and patients return to work or regular activity immediately. There is no downtime or time off work required.