Eighty million Americans have some kind of venous disorder, and 80% of these are cosmetic. Although most Americans do not have a major circulatory problem, visible veins give the impression of aging and of poor health. These spider veins are often hereditary, though women are 3x more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Other factors contributing to the onset of unwanted veins are work related (standing for long periods of time), pregnancy, and trauma (injury) to the immediate area. Sclerotherapy can be used to address these unsightly issues.
Surface veins such as spider veins are like a sponge that collects and drains into deeper vein channels. This passive collection network is redundant so even when damaged they are not essential to the circulation of the blood in the legs or facial areas. There are so many misconceptions concerning the elimination of unwanted legs because of the way unwanted veins were eliminated in the past. With the advent of new sclerosing agents that create an enzymatic reaction in destroying unwanted veins, the procedure of eliminating unwanted veins has been greatly enhanced and the clearance of these veins have also improved dramatically from traditional methods of only a few years ago.
Spider Veins, blue reticular veins and other talengectasias are now easily treated painlessly and effectively and clearance of these veins is easily achieved in one to three sessions. We offer laser solutions for telangectasias of the face and spider veins of the legs as well as injections of spider veins and reticular (blue) veins in the legs.
In the past couple years there has been tremedous improvement in sclerotherapy for the legs and facial areas. The types of treatment are similar but improvements to the sclerosing agents used in the injections and the choices and improvements of YAG lasers and IPL (Intense Pulse Light) that are more effective than before and also less painful to the patient.
New detergent sclerosing agents have replaced hypertonic saline as the choice to eliminate spider veins and reticular veins by injection. These newer agents also have an anesthetic effect where the patient is more comfortable during and after the procedure. Adverse effects have virtually been eliminated and these newer agents are much more effective in starving the vein of protein and collapsing and eliminating these veins quickly.
YAG Lasers and newer IPL equipment is still the standard for facial telangectasias and below the ankle for superficial veins. IPL allows for larger spot areas to be treated which saves time and allows for variation of treatments for stubborn or non-responsive veins. KTP (Diode-532 Wavelength) lasers still work well, but in combination with injection strategies results are real, long lasting and affordable.
Dr. Tess offers a wide variety of sclerotherapy treatment options for unwanted leg and facial veins, including lasers and injectable therapies.