What to Expect after Spider Vein Treatment

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What to Expect after Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins are red or blue veins that are typically found on the face and legs. They are close to the surface of the skin and resemble a web pattern. While similar to varicose veins, spider veins are smaller. They type of  spider vein treatment that you get depends on several factors including the severity of the condition.

Sclerotherapy

A doctor injects the unwanted vein with medication that will cause it to close. The medication works to both collapse the vein and displace the blood which reduces its appearance. After the procedure, external compression keeps blood from flowing through the vein so that it remains closed. Within a month after the procedure that vein disappears as it is absorbed into the body.

The procedure does not require any type of anesthesia and the only discomfort experienced may be a slight burning that may last several seconds. After the procedure the patient may experience mild itching, slight discoloration that may be light brown or tan, and bruising or tenderness at the site of the injection, but it is temporary. In some cases, new spider veins may appear but either disappear or are removed. Some areas may require a second session in order to fully correct the problem.

After the procedure the patient’s leg is wrapped in a support stocking or compression bandage which must be worn for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. After that time, they will be able to resume their normal activities. The patient should be prepared for the probability that the treatment area will look worse before it looks better. The doctor may recommend a walking program to promote healing by increasing circulation.

Transdermal Laser Treatment

This type of spider vein treatment employs a laser to get rid of the unsightly veins. The device is placed on the surface of the skin, over the spider veins. It emits bursts of light, causing the veins to contract. As they contract the blood in them coagulates and the vein eventually dies. This procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and no anesthesia is required.

After the vein treatment the treated area may itch a little. There may also be some discoloration or blanching of the skin but this will subside in a few days. The spider veins are not eliminated immediately but after the treatment they will fade over a course of several weeks. Some areas that are more severe may require a second or even a third treatment in order to achieved the desired results.

The patient is usually able to resume their normal activities after treatment, but their doctor may advise that they use sun block on the area that was treated, that they stay out of hot baths or hot tubs for about a week, and that they don’t scratch the areas that were treated – they can use 1 percent cortisone cream to the areas to help with itching.

The vein doctors at United Vein Centers can help you get rid of your spider veins. Give us a call to make an appointment and find out how we can help you.