Spider veins. Since it seems every other movie at the local megaplex these days involves some sort of superhero, you may think “spider veins” are the domain of the famed webslinger Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spiderman.
Alas, they aren’t that exciting. Spider veins are those squiggly purple, red, or blue lines weaving their way around your legs and face. If your Mom had spider veins, it’s likely you will have them, too. Also, it’s thought that if your job keeps you on your feet a lot, you’re more prone to developing them. Plus, simple aging, as our tissues lose some of their support strength is thought to be a culprit behind spider vein development.
Question is, what to do about them? Come to Dr. Yates and let him take care of those pesky devils with sclerotherapy.
Although it’s been around for some time (actually since the 1930s), sclerotherapy is still the best way to deal with spider veins. Dr. Yates believes it to be the superior solution compared to lasers, particularly for smaller spider veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure that is quick and mostly painless.
A sclerosion solution is injected into each vein selected for treatment. This solution is highly saline and irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and the blood in it to clot. Once that happens, the vein turns into scar tissue and fades away with time, usually over two to three months. For most veins, a single treatment is all that’s needed.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that doesn’t require a recovery period. Dr. Yates has his patients wear compression stockings or hose for up to two weeks following their treatment, and walking is encouraged. But there isn’t really any pain. You should also avoid prolonged sitting, standing, or pounding types of exercise, however.
At Diamond Medical Spa & Vein, we’re experts at eliminating those squiggly purple and blue lines coursing just under your skin. Call us at 563-275-4701 and ask about our spider vein treatment.