While spider veins are generally cosmetic, they can sometimes be a sign of an underlying venous problem. If the spider veins are only cosmetic, they can cause people to feel self-conscious about their appearance, but if they’re a sign of a serious vein problem, putting off treatment can lead to worse vein problems in the future. Either way, the vascular physicians in The Villages at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center can take care of these veins through spider vein sclerotherapy.
Why Seek Vein Treatment
Your vein valves are responsible for circulating blood throughout your body. Vein valves in your legs work the hardest since they have to push blood upward against gravity. If these valves become weakened or damaged, blood can pool in the vein. This can cause an array of venous issues that can be easily managed through noninvasive treatment. For some patients, spider vein sclerotherapy will be the best option.
Before Undergoing Treatment
Spider vein sclerotherapy is quick and easy, but it isn’t for everyone. You’ll need to talk to a specialist who will tell you if this procedure is best for your vein health. But first, they’ll need to assess the current state of your vein health through a diagnostic exam to ensure that they truly treat the cause of your ailing veins.
The Spider Vein Sclerotherapy Process
A specialist will determine if you need spider vein sclerotherapy after first performing a diagnostic exam, such as a diagnostic vascular ultrasound. Depending on what veins need treatment, a patient may need to undergo several sessions for best results.
The sclerotherapy treatment itself is quick, only taking about 30 minutes. A specialist will insert a sclerosing agent, often polidocanol, into the vein causing the vein to become inflamed and after healing less visible. There is minimal pain associated with the procedure; the needle feels like a light pinprick. Some patients may experience a slight burning sensation from the sclerosing agent, but this is brief and goes away in seconds.
What to Do After Spider Vein Sclerotherapy
After treatment, patients are given compression stockings and are then asked to walk for roughly half an hour. This helps to further improve circulation in the leg. Patients should make sure they’re following their specialist’s post-treatment instructions for best results. A specialist may recommend exercise, weight control, or compression stockings while legs heal. The healing time necessary can vary depending on the size of the treated veins. Average healing time ranges from 2-6 months, although compression stockings can help speed this up.
If you’re currently experiencing painful, heavy legs, then come visit our team of vascular physicians in The Villages at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. We’ll check out the current state of your veins and determine if spider vein sclerotherapy, or another minimally invasive procedure, is right for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our specialists by calling 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 today.