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Everything You Need to Know About Spider Vein Removal

Spider vein removal treatment is a medical procedure meant to help patients get rid of spider veins and varicose veins. The most common spider vein treatment is sclerotherapy, a non-invasive procedure that involves the injection of a solution into the damaged veins to cause them to collapse and fade. Unlike varicose vein surgery, sclerotherapy has the advantage of being an outpatient procedure that requires no downtime or recovery time. At Georgetown Wellness & Weight Loss Clinic clients visit us from across the country to receive this treatment from our experts.

latex gloved hands holding a patient's foot that presents with spider veins
What are spider veins?

Spider veins are visible clusters of red, blue, or purple blood vessels that appear under the skin surface and usually resemble a tree branch or a spider web. Spider veins are usually present on the leg and thighs, but it’s not uncommon for them to also make an appearance on the face.

While they pose no risk to our health, they may indicate an underlying medical condition, such as venous insufficiency or risk of blood clots. Nevertheless, most patients undergoing spider vein removal treatment choose to undergo the procedure for cosmetic purposes. Varicose veins, on the other side, are twisted, enlarged veins affected by poor blood flow. These larger veins may be accompanied by unpleasant symptoms such as cramping, itching, discoloration, pain, or skin ulcers. Varicose veins are more common in women than in men, but they can affect anyone.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins have various causes and can even be a hereditary condition. They usually appear when a person stands for long periods of time or spends too much time in the sun. Moreover, spider veins can be associated with the aging process, and can also be a consequence of sudden weight gain or pregnancy. Hormonal shifts may also be to blame for the appearance of spider veins, as can weight fluctuation.

Unfortunately, spider veins do not disappear on their own. If you want to improve the cosmetic appearance of your legs or get rid of the heavy feeling caused by painful veins, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with a health care provider who can examine your abnormal veins and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Can anyone undergo sclerotherapy?

The treatment for spider veins and varicose veins doesn’t necessarily involve the expertise of a vascular surgeon. Due to sclerotherapy, surgical procedures are now reserved only for severe cases of vein disorder that require vein ligation and stripping. If the patient is suffering from blood pooling in the superficial veins, the simple injection of a salt solution in the incompetent veins is enough for the veins to fade away.

The treatment of spider veins is one of the most common dermatology procedures and can be performed by our team of board-certified providers. Before the sclerotherapy treatment, the health care professional will assess your lifestyle and habits to make sure you are a viable candidate for the procedure and reduce any potential side effects to a minimum. It is advisable to stop smoking a few weeks before the treatment and avoid aspirin and supplements. Tanning or sun exposure is also not recommended.

When you book your appointment at Georgetown Wellness & Weight Loss Clinic, the first step is a consultation. One of our professionals will review your medical history and your goals to ensure the treatment aligns with the desired effect.


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