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Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Vein Laser Treatment

For many people, laser treatment is the perfect solution to their spider veins. We offer a convenient, high-tech laser solution to spider veins that’s also safe and extremely effective in most cases. During a laser procedure, a thin laser fiber can penetrate the skin or treat the spider veins through the skin and heats the spider vein to the point that the blood coagulates. This causes the vein to collapse and close, leading the body to absorb it naturally over subsequent weeks. Laser treatment is fast and usually painless. Many patients don’t need an anesthetic at all. The treatment only takes a few minutes and no operating room visit is required. After treatment, patients can resume their normal activities immediately. Aside from wearing sun block on exposed, treated areas and using a compression stocking if the treatment was undertaken on the lower limbs, no other post-procedural care is required.

Benefit From Effective Spider Vein Treatment at Our Los Angeles Clinic

Spider veins can develop for numerous reasons. Unfortunately, they can look extremely unsightly, particularly as they commonly develop on areas of the body which are frequently exposed, such as the face or legs. Caused by damage to the vein wall, spider veins appear as purple/red blemishes which generally have a shape which resembles a spider web. Some are relatively small and indistinct, whereas others can grow much larger and be extremely noticeable. If you’re concerned about your spider veins and are looking for a safe, effective solution, our treatment for spider veins can make a substantial difference.

Risk Factors for Spider Veins

Although sometimes there is no obvious reason why spider veins develop, some of the risk factors include:

  • Venous insufficiency / Hypertension (Valvular incompetence “leaky valves”)
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Hormonal changes, including pregnancy and the menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Age
  • Some professions where significant periods of standing are required

Although some of these risk factors are an inevitable part of life, maintaining a healthy weight and wearing sun block can minimize the risk of spider veins developing in the future.

Sclerotherapy For Varicose and Spider Veins

For larger spider veins or varicose veins, sclerotherapy may be a more effective option. This procedure involves injecting the vein with a chemical that causes irreparable damage to the lining of the vein. This causes the body to absorb the vein, normally leading to its disappearance a few weeks after the procedure has been undertaken. Ultrasound is used to aid the process, ensuring the chemical is injected in the right place. Sclerotherapy is normally indicated for larger spider veins. A small vein may require a single injection; larger ones may need several injections. A local anesthetic is required. After the procedure is complete, patients will need to wear compression bandages and a compression stocking for at least a week.

Benefits of Spider Vein Treatment in Los Angeles

If you want to enhance your appearance through the removal of unsightly spider veins, laser treatment or sclerotherapy have the following benefits:

  • Minimally invasive treatments, so the risk of infection is reduced
  • Procedures are ambulatory and rapid, so the risk of DVT is reduced
  • More than 90% of procedures result in an improvement in the treated veins
  • There are few post-procedural restrictions, enabling patients to return to work and other normal daily activities rapidly

Are Laser Treatments and Sclerotherapy Procedures Safe?

Both procedures are well tolerated by most people. As an experienced, specialist provider of a range of treatments for venous issues, we operate a rigorous risk assessment process and do all that we can to make our interventions as safe as possible. Before undertaking any treatment, we will conduct a full medical assessment, ensuring that the options we offer are tailored to suit the health needs of each patient. Our highly qualified and experienced team has the right skill set to ensure everything goes smoothly. We use the very best equipment we can source, maximizing the chances of a successful end result. All these protective factors, as well as our attentive, post-procedural support, ensure that our patients receive safe, effective interventions for their spider vein and varicose vein problems.

Side-Effects of Spider Vein Treatment

Generally side effects are limited to temporary discomfort, bruising and discoloration, as well as the temporary formation of hard lumps under the skin as the vein breaks down. Occasionally patients may experience neurological problems such as numbness or tingling. When it comes to sclerotherapy, a very small minority of patients may develop more serious complications such as a DVT or a stroke. If you are concerned about side effects, our team is always happy to provide the additional data you need to make an informed decision.

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