What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasis, are an extremely common problem that both women and men encounter. Spider veins are thin, tiny veins that are noticeable just under the surface of the skin. They can vary in color, such as, blue, purple, and red. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not a necessary part of it. Suffering from spider veins can make a person feel self-conscious to wear certain clothing and some spider veins may cause discomfort and pain. They are most commonly located on the ankles, thighs, and calves. Following are indications of spider veins:
- You are concerned about the appearance of your veins
- Pain in the area of the veins
- Your ankles are swollen
- Fatigue in legs
- Your legs feel achy and heavy
- You experience cramping, itchiness, and throbbing on the legs
- Restlessness of the legs
What is Sclerotherapy?
This procedure involves injecting a liquid or foam solution that closes the veins being treated, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In some cases, the same vein may need to be treated more than once, but sclerotherapy is highly effective if done currently, and ultrasound may be used to deliver the injection with greater accuracy.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
- Minimally invasive treatment with very minimal to no downtime
- Safe procedure with few risks and side effects
- Cost-effective procedure
- Minimal or no pain and discomfort during treatment
- Most patients can return to normal daily routine after the procedure
- Fast procedure (up to one hour only)
- Preparation for treatment is simple (no lotion application or shaving 24 hours before treatment)
What Kind of Doctor Treats Spider Veins?
The best type of doctor to choose for treating your veins is one who performs vein treatments on a daily basis. At Novomed, our American trained vascular surgeon, Dr. Asad R. Shamma has over 30 years of experience treating patients with a variety of vascular problems. Dr Asad’s main focus is on treating unsightly or painful veins, using sclerotherapy and endovenous laser methods.