Varicose & Spider Vein Treatments Weston
Are You Embarrassed About Your Spider Veins?
As we get older, many of us develop varicose and spider veins on our legs, face, arms, and other parts of our body. The appearance of these prominent, unattractive veins is not only a nuisance, but in severe cases can be quite painful.
Spider veins are purple or red in color, smaller than varicose veins, and are typically found on the face and legs. They are commonly close to the skin’s surface and form a web-like pattern, which is from where their name originates. Typically, spider veins are not painful and can be considered just an aesthetic issue.
Varicose veins are also red, purple, or blue in color. However, they are much larger and more noticeable than spider veins and are most often found in the legs. Varicose veins can be obvious and look like long, bulging cords just underneath the skin’s surface, often in a rippled pattern. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins can cause aching, itchiness, and can be quite painful. Asclera® is an injectable vein treatment that has found to be effective for both varicose and spider veins. The treatment solution, or sclerosing agent, is injected into the affected veins, irritating the blood vessel’s lining and causing the vein to clot, which then causes the vein to collapse and disappear. Over time, the vein turns into scar tissue and will be diminished in appearance.
Our treatment for sclerotherapy by means of Asclera® injection is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes 15 minutes to one hour. The amount of treatments depends on the number of veins you want to treat, and multiple treatments are often needed to collapse the veins.
After each treatment, there may some slight discomfort with itching and cramping to the given area. Before you leave, we will give you all needed instructions, such as advising you to wear a prescription-grade compression garment for a set amount of days that will aide in the veins collapsing and reduce risk of blood clots. There may be some bruising that will fade with time. Your Weston HCG Center professional will go over all side effects with you.
Typically, spider veins respond to treatment in three to six weeks, while larger veins may take up to three to four months. If your vein responds well to the treatment, they will not reappear. However, new spider veins may appear over time and the need to new injections may arise.
Sclerotherapy is a successful treatment for most patients, with 50-80% of injected veins being eliminated with each session.
What causes spider and reticular veins? There are many factors that can cause spider and reticular veins.
- Heredity. Those that have family members with protruding veins may be at risk of developing them. Approximately half of the people who have a family history will also experience varicose veins.
- Age. As we age, our valves in the veins may weaken, causing issues including varicose veins.
- Gender. Studies have found that women are two to three times more likely to develop varicose veins over men. Five out of ten American women have varicose veins to some degree. Changes in hormones due to puberty, taking birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause may increase the risk of developing varicose veins.
- Pregnancy. During pregnancy, as the fetus grows, the weight increases pressure on the veins in the legs. Typically, any varicose veins that appear during pregnancy will improve within a year after delivery. The growth of the fetus increases the pressure on the veins in the legs.
- Overweight and obesity. When there’s extra weight to the body, it puts additional pressure on the veins with the potential to cause varicose veins.
- Prolonged standing or sitting. If you find yourself in a job or profession that requires prolonged sitting or standing, it’s important to move regularly. Bent or crossed legs, either sitting or standing, will require the veins to work harder to pump the blood up to the heart.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID AFTER RECEIVING AN ASCLERA® INJECTION?
For two to three days following the treatment, avoid:
- Heavy exercise
- Extended flights on an airplane
- Hot bath or sauna
Do not engage in the following activities until your doctor says it is ok to do so:
- Contact sports
- Weight-bearing exercise involving the legs
Following treatment, use compression stockings or support hose consistently for 2-3 days during the day over a course of 2-3 weeks.
HOW LONG IS EACH ASCLERA® SESSION?
A typical sclerotherapy treatment can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. One injection is typically administered, with multiple injections per session depending on the length of the veins.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE TREATMENTS?
Before your treatment:
- Avoid any NSAID medications, such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), a week before your appointment
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing the day of your appointment to help alleviate any discomfort
HOW LONG BEFORE THE VEINS DISAPPEAR?
The veins will immediately disappear at the injection site but then will reappear before completely fading over six to eight weeks after treatment. Smaller vessels may disappear altogether, while larger ones will decrease in size.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FROM SCLEROTHERAPY?
Side effects are generally mild and include:
- Tenderness, minor swelling, and bruising around the injection site
- Temporary discoloration around the injection site
- A hive-like rash that usually lasts no longer than 30 minutes
- Minor muscle cramping near the injection site
WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE SCLEROTHERAPY?
Those who should probably avoid sclerotherapy include:
- Pregnant women; although treatment can be done typically six months after delivery
- People with a history of vein inflammation, blood clots in the legs, diabetes, leg ulcers, and arterial or other vascular problems