Although spider veins are usually asymptomatic, most people suffering from them consider them to be embarrassing and would like them to be removed. If you are unhappy with the appearance of superficial veins, you have probably begun exploring your treatment options. Before considering any type of procedure, there are certain questions that you will want answered.
What are Spider Veins?
A spider vein is a type of superficial vein, which is a blood vessel that transports deoxygenated blood back into your heart. A vein with a normal function will prevent blood from flowing back into it via a one-way valve. In some cases, this valve can become faulty. This allows blood to pool into the affected vein and distort its appearance.
Spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins and have a characteristic web-like appearance. They also tend to be reddish or bluish in color, unlike varicose veins that tend to be of a blue-green tint.
Varicose veins can cause a number of symptoms like aching and stinging sensations. A spider vein does not normally come with any symptoms, but it does present a cosmetic concern for most people.
What is Sclerotherapy?
One of the oldest treatment techniques for varicose and spider veins is sclerotherapy, which involves the injection of an irritating solution into the dysfunctional vein. This leads to the collapse of its walls and eventual absorption by your body. Any blood that flowed through the destroyed vein will now be taken up by neighboring blood vessels in the area.
After your sclerotherapy procedure, you will be required to wear some type of compression garment for a period of time. Immediately after your treatment, you may begin walking. Just avoid strenuous aerobic exercise at this time.
At Rejuveination, we treat spider veins at the root cause. Many patients who get their spider veins treated notice that they return in a year or two. This can be a sign of venous disease, which is a root cause of spider veins that oftentimes is left undiagnosed. We treat this underlying condition followed by the treatment of spider veins to ensure they do not return.
To learn more about spider veins treatment options, or to schedule a consultation or treatment, reach out to the professionals here at Rejuveination located in Cincinnati, OH today to begin the process of improving your appearance with spider vein removal.