Varicose and spider veins cause an unsightly problem that is embarrassing and may keep you from feeling comfortable wearing short dresses and swimsuits. These veins occur when the valves in the veins do not work properly, allowing blood to move in the wrong direction in the veins close to the skin.
The result is deep blue to green, highly visible veins. Pregnancy, obesity, age, and standing for long periods of time can all contribute to this problem. The good news is that with the help of our sclerotherapy spider vein treatment in San Diego, you can be rid of these unsightly veins for good.
More About Spider Veins
If you have small pink or purple veins that show through your skin, you have probably wondered where these came from and what can be done about them. At Laser Clinique, we can treat your spider veins, which are really a milder version of varicose veins, and help you eliminate this concern.
Spider vein causes
Where do spider veins come from? These small, visible veins appear for a number of reasons, such as fluctuating hormones or trauma. Each factor below can put pressure on your smaller veins and break the blood vessels. This is what makes them show up through the skin looking purple or pink
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Hormonal changes
- Genetic predisposition
- Standing or sitting for long periods
- Drinking and sometimes smoking
- The use of birth control pills
- Postmenopausal hormone replacement
Symptoms and signs of spider veins
While many people never experience pain from spider veins, they can cause throbbing, cramping, swelling, and restless legs for others. Spider veins can cause the following :
- Aching in the legs
- Throbbing, swelling, or cramping in lower legs
- Heaviness or burning in the lower legs
- Skin discoloration
- Itchiness around the spider veins
- Dark red, pink, purple, or blue veins show through the surface of the skin
How are spider veins treated?
In many cases, sclerotherapy is the best treatment for spider veins. Dr. Ataii's sclerotherapy procedure in San Diego is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, effective treatment that directly targets the broken, weakened veins.
This procedure is short, taking 20 to 60 minutes. With a small needle, Dr. Ataii injects a solution directly into the affected veins. This solution stops the flow of blood from the broken blood vessels, and it is redirected through the healthier veins, which erases the appearance of spider veins. Once treated, these spider veins will not return.
Patients typically require a series of one to three treatments to achieve optimal results. The number of treatments needed may vary depending on the area being treated and the number of veins being treated.
Every patient will need to protect the treated area from the sun for 3 to 4 weeks. This helps prevent dark spots from developing. Protecting your skin from the sun year-round helps to prevent new spider veins and skin cancer.
Because this is a quick outpatient procedure, there is a very short recovery time, and no anesthesia is required. Patients will need to wear compression stockings for a short time, and some people may experience mild pain or cramping after the injection, but this fades quickly, and you can return to your normal activities immediately.
Spider vein treatment options
There are a number of treatment options for spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is the most popular form of treatment. This effective, minimally-invasive treatment can address slightly larger or more visible spider veins. A strong solution is injected into the problematic veins to shut off the blood flow to the area and redirect it to other veins that aren’t showing through the skin.
Endovenous laser ablation
Endovenous laser ablation works by sending strong bursts of light into the vein. This makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used in this procedure.
Another noninvasive treatment for minor spider veins on your legs is radiofrequency ablation. During this treatment, radiofrequency energy is used to heat up the inner walls of the problematic veins. This causes the veins to shut and redirects the blood into healthier veins. No incisions or needles are used during this procedure. It takes a few weeks to months for these veins to close down entirely and fade from the surface of the skin.
How does Sclerotherapy work?
Sclerotherapy is quite simple, yet very effective at dealing with spider vein problems. Women who come to our clinic to undergo sclerotherapy in San Diego will notice remarkable improvement very quickly. The process involves injecting the vein with a foam solution that irritates the blood vessel lining. This causes the blood vessel to swell and stick together, while the blood it contains clots. Over time, the vein turns into a scar and fades away from view. This treatment has been used effectively since the 1930s. With that long history of use, leg vein treatments/sclerotherapy is considered safe and effective as a treatment for leg veins.
Benefits of spider vein treatment
Dr. Ataii's San Diego spider vein treatment provide a number of benefits:
- Improved appearance in the legs
- Relief from uncomfortable symptoms
- No more worries about venous lines showing
- Boosted confidence
- Short, simple treatment
- Short recovery time
- Highly effective treatment
Who is a candidate for spider vein treatment?
Candidates for spider vein treatment should meet the following requirements:
- You have realistic expectations for what this procedure can do for you.
- You are generally in good health
- You are not pregnant
- You are not on a blood thinning medicine
- You do not have arterial disease in your legs or other vein problems
- You do not have a history with blood clots
- You are seeing spider veins on your skin
- You are experiencing pain or discomfort in the area around your spider veins
- You have a heavy, aching feeling in your legs
- You’re experiencing itching, throbbing, or leg cramps
Trust Laser Cliniqúe to Treat Spider Veins
If you are struggling with unsightly veins in your legs, help is just a phone call away. Call Laser Cliniqúe today to schedule an appointment with P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. or his able bodied staff to learn more about our San Diego vein treatments. You can be ready for swimsuit season with just a few visits to our clinic.
You’re in the hands of the best of the best with Dr. Ataii. Dr. Ataii is known for his warm, professional manner with clients and for his inexhaustible drive to stay abreast of the latest technological developments in cosmetic science from groundbreaking laser devices to the latest uses of Botox. Dr. Ataii has performed thousands of ultherapy, chemical peels, CoolSculpting and laser procedures and is currently the Preceptor for clinicians throughout the US for multiple laser manufacturers.
I strive each day to exceed my patients’ expectations.