Superficial Veins Easily Treated

Superficial veins, or “spider veins”, on the legs, chest, and hands are small dilated surface veins that may be pink, red, or purple. These veins may be hereditary, or appear after pregnancy, trauma, oral contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy. Although often troubling to patients, these superficial veins are easily treated with sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a “sclerosing agent” such as glycerin into the dilated vessels which pushes the blood out of the vein and causes the vein walls to swell and close. This results in lightening the color of the veins, or in many cases, elimination of the veins. The injection is relatively painless since we use a very small needle and are treating very superficial veins. Although many great lasers have been developed for a wide variety of cosmetic purposes, sclerotherapy is still the best method of treating most superficial veins.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

We ask patients to refrain from taking Vitamin E, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or aspirin for one week prior to treatment. You may wish to wear comfortable shorts to the treatment session. Pressure bandages may be placed over the injection areas immediately after treatment, and it is recommended to wear support hose for five days following treatment to obtain the absolute best results. You may need several treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results.

At Surgical Dermatology Group, a physician will perform your procedure. We are committed to making you look your very best!

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After four treatments