Spider veins may be extremely small as solitary veins. Clustered together, though, as spider veins are, these veins can cause significant emotional stress. Women affected by spider veins may avoid wearing clothing that shows their legs, and may worry that these veins pose health concerns. Dr. Mary Lupo visits with patients regarding problematic veins, assuring them that spider veins pose nothing more than cosmetic concern.
These tiny red or purple lines beneath the skin indicate that blood within affected veins is not moving sufficiently. Some of the reasons a person may develop spider veins include estrogen medications, pregnancy, genetic factors, injury, or prolonged standing or sitting on a regular basis. Women who are significantly overweight are at an increased risk for spider veins.
Though not a medical concern, spider veins can be treated should they create uncomfortable situations. You should not feel as though you want to hide your legs. Instead, a visit to the Lupo Center can lead to the effective non-surgical treatment of spider veins, and a return to full confidence. In our office, patients may undergo Sclerotherapy, a minimally-invasive treatment that has been used to reduce the appearance of spider veins since the 1930s.
Sclerotherapy has been proven extremely successful in treating uncomplicated spider and reticular veins. In a precise procedure, a highly trained physician injects a solution into affected veins, leading to their closure and disappearance over time.
Spider veins are very fine, and may be found on the lower extremities or on the face. Small or large areas may be covered in these veins. Reticular veins are enlarged veins that appear blue or green beneath the surface of the skin. These veins are the result of too much pressure in the affected vein.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that typically takes from 15 to 45 minutes to complete. The length of treatment will depend on how many veins require treatment. Dr. Lupo discusses the details of treatment, including estimated time for completion, during a one on one consultation.
Follow up to sclerotherapy includes wearing support hose or compression stockings continuously for about three days. After the third day, stockings may be worn during the day.
Dr. Lupo has been successfully performing sclerotherapy for many years. She views this as a safe, effective procedure for anyone who desires to eliminate unwanted spider veins.
Contact Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to get rid of unsightly veins.