Can Sclerotherapy Get Rid of My Spider Veins?

Spider veins are visible bluish twisted veins that look like — you guessed it — a spider web. Mostly these veins are unattractive. Sometimes they are painful and uncomfortable. In a few cases, they put you at risk of developing a blood clot or open sore on your leg.

Spider veins usually appear on your thighs, ankles, and calves, but they can appear just about anywhere on your body, including your face. They’re more common in older people and those who are overweight, but they can affect anyone.

One way to get rid of these unsightly veins is with sclerotherapy. Our vascular surgeons and vein specialists at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center have extensive experience helping our patients get rid of unwanted spider veins. 

Here, we explain how sclerotherapy can help eliminate noticeable spider veins and if this treatment is right for you.

What causes spider veins?

Healthy veins have healthy valves that help your blood flow toward your heart and prevent blood from settling in your veins. When these valves are weak or faulty, the blood pools in your veins. The blood makes them look blue-ish through your skin.

People with a family history of spider veins are at a higher risk of developing them. Those who sit for long periods, as well as pregnant women, are also at higher risk. Your risk of developing spider veins increases with age.

How can sclerotherapy help?

Some simple treatments for spider veins are exercising more and breaking up long periods of sitting by standing or walking. Additionally, you can elevate your legs when sitting or wear compression stockings. If those methods don’t work, sclerotherapy is an option.

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. During a sclerotherapy session, we inject a chemical into the problem vein. This chemical irritates the lining of your vein, causing it to swell. Eventually, this swelling pushes the sides of the vein too close together, interfering with the blood flow.

When the blood is stopped from pooling or flowing into this vein, it seeks another route. Eventually, the damaged vein shrinks and disappears while the blood flows through a healthy vein. 

It takes about a month for your body to absorb and dispose of the remains of the vein through your lymphatic system. 

Do you have unsightly and uncomfortable spider veins you want to eliminate? Contact us at the nearest Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. We have offices conveniently located in Port Jefferson Station, Hauppauge, and Riverhead, New York.

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