Telangiectasia, more commonly known as spider veins, is a vein condition that typically occurs on the legs, creating a web-like appearance near the surface of the skin. Spider veins can appear red, blue, or purple and are sometimes accompanied by pain, heaviness or tiredness in the affected area. With treatment such as sclerotherapy at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, spider veins can significantly improve.
What Causes Spider Veins?
A spider vein condition can sometimes be traced back to trauma to the veins in that particular area. However, in most cases, they develop due to age and genetic factors that cannot be prevented. In addition to genetics, these surface veins are more common in individuals predisposed due to certain lifestyle factors, personal characteristics and risk factors, including:
- Being a woman
- Being overweight or obese
- Having an occupation that involves standing or sitting for long periods of time
Regardless of the risk factors that lead to the development of spider veins, non-invasive treatment is available for individuals seeking relief. An experienced and reputable vein specialist can assess the condition during a consultation and help the individual decide if sclerotherapy is a suitable treatment option.
Sclerotherapy treatment involves a few non-surgical steps that will need to be repeated over several sessions to maximize results. The total number of sessions needed varies per individual. It is determined by the initial assessment and how well the patient responds to the treatment.
During treatment, a sclerosing medium is injected directly into the affected veins using a microneedle. This sclerosing agent causes the lining of the tiny veins to become irritated and swell, which will force the blood flow to reroute through more suitable veins. When blood flow is rerouted, the veins will collapse and eventually be reabsorbed through the body’s natural healing processes into nearby tissue. After each treatment, bruising or discoloration may occur, and a plan of aftercare will be discussed.
Improvements After Treatment
Many patients seek treatment for spider veins because they want to improve the look of their legs, ankles or other problem areas. After treatment, many individuals have great success with the improvement in appearance and symptom relief. Results include:
- Improved appearance and faded veins
- Fewer aches in the lower legs
- Lessening of burning sensation in the legs
- Relief from night leg cramps
- Reduction in leg swelling
Different patients experience different levels of results. However, most will see satisfactory cosmetic improvements or feel a difference in vein symptoms. For some individuals, the benefit of vein care can be experienced within the first couple of treatments.
Schedule a Consultation
To take the next step toward the assessment and treatment of spider veins through sclerotherapy, contact a reputable vein clinic to set up a consultation. Northern Illinois Vein Clinic specializes in disorders of the veins and the various methods used to treat vein disease. If you are ready for vein relief or want to address a cosmetic vein issue, set up an appointment for a vein screening today and get started on a new, healthier you.