Do you feel self-conscious about the state of your legs due to patches of unsightly spider veins? Spider veins are not only a cosmetic nuisance, but they can also cause uncomfortable side effects like leg swelling, cramping or soreness. Millions of people experience spider veins and other symptoms of venous insufficiency, making them an unfortunately common issue for men and women everywhere.
Thankfully, modern spider vein treatments are effective, nonsurgical and require minimal downtime, helping you eliminate your spider veins as comfortably as possible. At Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, Dr. Richard Rosenfeld and his expert staff are committed to providing patients with the best spider vein treatments available in vein care. With sclerotherapy—a minimally invasive procedure—he can help you rid your legs of unsightly spider veins and the painful symptoms that often accompany them.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins are a symptom of vein disease, also referred to as venous insufficiency. Spider veins typically develop later in life due to a variety of factors, including:
- Aging and natural weakening of the veins
- A family history of spider veins
- Living a sedentary lifestyle
- Obesity and weight gain
- Prolonged periods of sitting or standing
Veins use a system of one-way valves to pump blood up the legs and back towards the heart. When those valves begin to fail due to any of the factors listed above, blood can flow backward and pool in the legs. With the blood trapped and unable to recirculate, the veins can begin to bulge, stretch and darken, creating varicose and spider veins.
The Importance of Early Spider Vein Treatment
While spider veins are just a cosmetic issue for many people, they should be treated at their onset to ensure painful and dangerous side effects do not develop. If you leave your venous insufficiency untreated for too long, painful symptoms like leg cramps and aching can begin to affect your quality of life. Spider veins are a sign of poor blood flow in the body and can also be indicative of more dangerous conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that can have serious side effects.
Whether you have just noticed the presence of spider veins or have left them untreated for years, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenfeld right away to have your veins evaluated. If you act early, your treatment may be as simple as wearing compression stockings or making small lifestyle adjustments.
Quick and Effective Spider Vein Treatment with Sclerotherapy
If you have exhausted conservative therapy options or are more interested in immediate treatment for your spider veins, sclerotherapy is the solution. During a sclerotherapy appointment, Dr. Rosenfeld injects your problem veins with a chemical solution called sclerosant, which comes in both liquid and foam form. Sclerosant works by irritating the inner lining of the veins and causing them to collapse. Once your spider veins have collapsed, your body will safely redirect blood flow to deeper veins and absorb the treated veins.
Dr. Rosenfeld uses a very small needle during sclerotherapy, ensuring you are as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment. Most appointments last only 30 minutes and are completed in-office at Advanced Vein & Laser Centre. Sclerotherapy works quickly, providing immediate results that continue to improve for several weeks as your body works to absorb the treated veins and redirect blood flow.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Good candidates for sclerotherapy are most male or female patients who are interested in eliminating their spider veins. Conservative therapy options, including compression stockings and regular exercise, are often the first course of action when treating the onset of venous insufficiency. Patients who have already tried conservative therapy or would like a more direct and minimally invasive spider vein treatment tend to make good candidates for sclerotherapy. Dr. Rosenfeld can determine whether sclerotherapy is the right option for you after an in-person evaluation.
Steps to Take for Prolonged Results
To experience optimal results from sclerotherapy, you will need to schedule a series of three to six sessions. Treatments can be spaced out every one to two weeks for optimal results in just a couple months or less. While sclerotherapy will close off and eliminate your spider veins, it does not prevent future insufficient veins from developing due to the continued effects of vein disease.
In order to best prevent spider veins from redeveloping, Dr. Rosenfeld will explain to you how to make simple and rewarding changes to your daily schedule. Compression stockings are an excellent treatment option that adds an extra layer of pressure to the legs, helping push blood back toward the heart. Walking at regular intervals throughout the day is another simple lifestyle adjustment that can have immediate positive effects on your overall circulation. Depending on your age and overall health, adopting an exercise routine with or without medical supervision can also be used to improve your venous insufficiency, along with the numerous other benefits of regular exercise.
Say Goodbye to Spider Veins at Advanced Vein & Laser Centre
If you have exhausted other spider vein treatment options or simply want them gone as soon as possible, then schedule a consultation at Advanced Vein & Laser Centre to learn more about sclerotherapy. Dr. Rosenfeld will take the time to evaluate your veins and a determine a treatment plan that is right for you during a one-on-one consultation. Call us today at 847-367-4040 to book your appointment with Dr. Rosenfeld.