Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Vein Treatment Overview

Spider veins on the body are removed with a treatment called sclerotherapy which is the injection of saline or a chemical solution into the vein causing it to collapse and disappear. Facial spider veins, which are usually too small for sclerotherapy, can be treated with a laser. Spider veins usually affect women and are caused by hormone fluctuation due to monthly cycles, pregnancy, pharmaceuticals that affect hormone levels, and heredity. Some men are also affected with spider veins which are also associated with additional pressure on the veins. Spider veins occur when pressurized blood flow causes a weakening of the walls of the blood vessels. Spider veins are unsightly and can cause self-consciousness about wearing clothes that reveal the affected area. If you feel confined to wearing long pants, long sleeves or heavy make up to disguise facial spider veins, it is time to consider a treatment that can give you the freedom to look and dress the way you want. Laser facial treatments and sclerotherapy are a series of treatments that cause the spider veins to completely collapse, removing the webs of red, blue and purple veins visible beneath your skin.

Enhancing your appearance can improve your self-esteem and confidence. Finding inspiration in your profession, facing personal challenges and engaging in social activities can be more satisfying when you feel confident about how you look.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Cosmetic Surgeons are preScreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Cosmetic Spider Vein Treatment Surgeons in your area, who specialize in spider vein treatments, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations for Spider Vein Treatment

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having spider vein treatments reduce the appearance of spider veins. Not having unsightly veins may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Spider vein treatments vary and so do the surgeons that perform them. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of spider vein treatments:

  • How many treatments will you need and at what intervals?
  • After your surgeon has completed your initial examination, you should ask if there are any preventive measures you can take to reduce reoccurrences.
  • Let your surgeon know of any medications, herbal treatments or vitamins you take, and make sure to get a list of products to avoid during treatment.
  • If you’re having sclerotherapy, make sure to ask what type of solution will be used and if it will cause any stinging or pain.
  • If laser treatment is used, make sure the treatment will leave your skin tone even and unblemished.
  • Since sclerotherapy won’t stop new spider veins from forming, you may want to ask how likely reoccurrences might be.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Cosmetic Spider Vein Treatment Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Spider Vein Treatment Recovery

If you have sclerotherapy treatment, you may experience some itching and possibly cramps after treatment. You might be asked to wear a compression garment or support hose for a few weeks to help collapse the veins. You will want to avoid activities that put pressure on the area for a few days. Your doctor may prescribe walking to help increase circulation and to avoid blood clots. You may have some bruising that will subside in a few weeks.

If you have laser treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling of the treatment area. The spider veins may appear purplish or bruised for a few days. Ice compresses will help reduce the color and swelling.

Spider Vein Treatment Risks

Any medical treatment carries certain risks and the possibility of complications. During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

If you are Having Sclerotherapy:

  • What is the risk of an allergic reaction to sclerotherapy?
  • What are the risks of reoccurrences?
  • Is there any risk of permanent discoloration?
  • What is the risk of blood clots?

If you are Having Laser Treatment:

  • Is there risk of permanent skin lightening?
  • Is there any risk of laser burns?
  • What are the risks of reoccurrences?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with spider vein treatments nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every medical treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Spider Vein Treatment

Spider vein treatment is permanent for the veins that are treated, but treating some veins won’t stop others from occurring. Ask your surgeon for recommendations for reducing the risks of additional occurrences.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Cosmetic Surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. We can help you find Cosmetic Spider Vein Treatment Surgeons in your area, who specialize in spider vein treatment, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.