When to See a Doctor for Spider Vein Treatment
Spider veins are small vessels easily seen through the skin. Most typically visible on the legs and face, these veins are often red, purple, and/or blue in color. Many factors can predispose a person to spider veins including hereditary factors, obesity, a history of blood clots, and hormonal changes such as pregnancy, puberty, and menopause. People who work jobs that require a lot of standing are also more likely to get spider veins. A lot of nurses, teachers, factor workers, and hair stylists come to our Chesterfield dermatology clinic for spider vein treatment.
Sclerotherapy is useful for both cosmetic and medical reasons. Treating spider veins can improve symptoms of venous insufficiency, which can cause leg swelling, blood clots, and skin ulceration. Left untreated, these veins may grow and eventually cause chronic swelling and significant discomfort. At the very least, spider veins can be unsightly, and individuals may also want them removed for cosmetic reasons.
The most popular spider vein treatment, sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure that minimizes pain. During treatment, a dermatologist will inject a sodium chloride solution directly into the damaged veins. The solution then injures the innermost lining of the vessel to create a clot, which blocks that vein’s blood circulation. Over time, the vein turns into scar tissue and fades from view.
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