Your legs have danced the night away, walked down the aisle, paced fussy babies to sleep, and gotten plenty of second looks. Don’t they (and you) deserve the best treatment for spider veins? Dr. Pamela Carr provides customized options to get your legs looking great again.
Sclerotherapy is a time-tested method that remains the gold standard of treatment for spider veins up to 3 mm. A sclerosing solution of concentrated saline or polydocanol is injected into visible spider veins. The veins blanche immediately. Over time, they resolve and are harmlessly absorbed by the body. Usually a treatment plan of one to three injection sessions, scheduled about a month apart, are necessary for greatest improvement of spider veins.
Recovery After Sclerotherapy Treatment
You should avoid high impact aerobic exercise, such as jogging, for a week following treatment. There are no restrictions after that. However, you must wear medical grade support hose for the first 24 hours after treatment, and then for three weeks whenever you are up and about. If you are considering sclerotherapy, you may want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carr well in advance of the hot weather season.
Laser Vein Treatment
For veins that are too small to be effectively addressed with a needle, Dr. Carr may recommend laser vein treatment. Our FDA-cleared laser device generates wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the pigmentation in spider veins, without harm to the skin. Energy from the laser causes targeted veins to react and eventually disappear through the body’s natural healing processes.
Recovery From Laser Vein Treatment
Laser vein treatment is well tolerated, and there is no downtime. You may return to normal activities right after your appointment. Every patient is different, but typically two to five laser therapy sessions are needed, each lasting about 15 minutes.
Dr. Carr uses the vascular laser for facial spider veins, and to clean up all visible remnants after larger spider veins are removed from the legs with sclerotherapy.
Why Choose Carr Dermatology?
Vein treatment options offered at Carr Dermatology are non-surgical and minimally-invasive. No anesthetic is needed, so there is virtually no risk of drug interaction. Most reasonably healthy women and men can be candidates for sclerotherapy or laser therapy. However, Dr. Carr will perform a thorough health assessment to determine if existing medical conditions, or medications you currently take, could cause complications.
Are There Any Risks To Spider Vein Treatment?
While both of these methods are very safe, she takes time to explain possible side effects and aftercare to help you make an informed decision. If you wish to have varicose veins removed, Dr. Carr will provide referral to a reputable vein center.