Sclerotherapy & Laser Vein Treatment

Varicose veins are a more common condition than some realize, typically affecting women more than men. Types of varicose veins include spider veins and bulging leg veins. Spider veins look more like “spider-webbing” whereas leg veins are larger, bulging, and more painful in nature. Both of these vascular concerns can be treated with laser vein treatment or sclerotherapy at one of our Greater Houston, TX, locations.

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What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are areas of blood pooling in the legs due to the valves not working properly. This makes it more difficult for the blood to go upward in the legs, so it pools and causes bulging, twisting, or a webbing effect of the veins.

There are common causes for varicose veins which can include:

  • Heredity
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy

You can make changes in your life to prevent veins from becoming worse, including avoiding standing for long periods of time, exercising for improved circulation, using compression stockings, and maintaining a healthy weight.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are tiny red, purple, or blue vessels that usually appear in webs or clusters. Both types of veins twist and turn and both are caused by a type of venous insufficiency when the vessels become weaker and damaged.

There are many factors that contribute to spider veins but no real known cause. Many issues, however, can contribute to development of spider veins such as:

  • Trauma
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Sun damage
  • Heredity

Many times, spider veins are not symptomatic; however, there are cases in which patients complain of pain, tingling, and even numbness in the affected areas.

How Can Sclerotherapy Treat Spider or Leg Veins?

Effective for small, superficial blood vessels on the legs, sclerotherapy (also known as “injection therapy”) involves injecting a small amount of sclerosing solution into the affected veins, causing the vessel walls to collapse and ultimately go away.

This treatment is performed in the office by the doctor injecting a solution into the vein. The solution closes the vein which will cause the flow of blood to go through more healthy veins. This procedure usually takes 15 minutes to an hour with no anesthesia. The patient will wear bandages or compression stockings afterward. This may require multiple treatments for desired results.

How Can Lasers Treat Spider or Leg Veins?

We use the state-of-the-art pulsed dye Sclerolaser to treat a variety of vascular lesions. The pulsed dye Sclerolaser treats facial spider veins, leg veins, rosacea, scars, and stretch marks, as well as more complex problems such as port wine stains and hemangiomas.

This procedure is noninvasive and usually performed by a laser technician, dermatologist, or aesthetician. This procedure uses pulses of light waves applied directly to the spider vein. These areas are normally ones that are too small for sclerotherapy. This takes more than one treatment under most circumstances.

To learn more about sclerotherapy, please call one of our specialists at a location near you.

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