Vein Removal

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, commonly found on the face and legs, are caused by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels near the skin's surface. They often look like red or purple sunbursts or web patterns.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are caused by swollen or enlarged blood vessels. The blood vessels have enlarged due to a weakening in the vein's wall or valves. Located deeper in the skin than spider veins, they may appear raised and often are blue.

Varicose veins can be serious because they may be associated with the development of one or more of the following conditions:

More than one in five women has some form of varicose condition. Although the exact cause for varicose and spider veins is unknown, pregnancy, heredity, and hormonal changes seem to be contributing factors.

Treatment for spider and varicose veins

Specific treatment for spider and varicose veins will be determined by your physician based on:

Treatment may include:

Possible complications associated with the treatment of spider or varicose veins

Possible complications associated with the treatment of spider or varicose veins may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Who are candidates for sclerotherapy?

Women and men of any age may be candidates for sclerotherapy, but most are 30 to 60 years in age. Spider veins are more common in women. Men do have spider veins, but often do not consider them to be a cosmetic problem because the veins are usually concealed by hair growth on the leg.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should postpone sclerotherapy treatment, as spider veins that occur during pregnancy usually disappear on their own. Further, it is not known how sclerosing solutions may affect breast milk.

About the procedure

Although each procedure varies, generally, vein removal surgeries follow this process:

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