Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Vein Treatment

What is Spider Vein Treatment?

Spider Vein Treatment is a procedure used to effectively manage the aesthetic aspect of having spider veins. Spider Vein Treatment 1There are a number of factors that are associated with the development of this condition, for instance:

–          Weight gain

–          Standing or sitting for prolonged duration

–          Congenital

–          Hormonal imbalances

–          Pregnancy

The condition is characterized by the appearance of purple, blue and even red clustered veins running along feet, ankles, calves and extending up to the thighs. Seen more commonly in females, it becomes a cause of embarrassment in social gathering when the legs are exposed. There is specific age for the onset of the condition, but spider veins have been observed in females as young as 20. The condition generally progresses with age, which the vein becoming more and more prominent. Spider veins are also seen in men, but they are usually concealed by natural hair growth.

Spider vein treatment helps in eliminating the features of the condition and improving the overall look of the legs through highly effective and tested cosmetic surgery procedures.


What are the steps involved in spider vein treatment?

Spider vein treatment is a minimally invasive procedure which does not require sedation. Generally performed in OPDs, the treatment uses a specialized method known as sclerotherapy to achieve the desired results.

Sclerotherapy Diagram Spider Vein TreatmentAbout Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a specialized sclerosing agent into the visible vein on the legs one at a time. The agent causes the veins to collapse and eventually disappear. The number of injections that a single patient receives depends entirely upon the extent of the problem and the number of spider veins that need to be collapsed. Surgeons usually give one inject per inch. For better visibility of the veins during the procedure, magnification and bright illumination is used so that each vein may be treated individually.
The success of the treatment depends upon the expertise of the surgeon, and the precision that he/she practices while injecting the sclerosing agent into the veins.
After each injection, the surgeon places a cotton ball or pellet at the site in order to prevent bleeding, and to promote rapid healing.

And alternate method is the use of laser to treat spider veins. In this case, the veins of the legs are exposed to a controlled beam of laser which obliterates them.

While both methods are highly effective and can be performed independently, some cases require laser as well as sclerotherapy for better results.


What are the risks and complications of spider vein treatment?

Similar to all invasive medical procedures performed globally, spider vein treatment also has several potential risks and complications that patients must discuss with their surgeons prior to the procedure. All patients must ensure that their medical histories are assessed beforehand. Leading plastic surgeons first acquire the consent of their patients as part of medical protocol.
Because this procedure is minimally invasive in nature, it does not pose any serious threats to the patient. Some of the common risks and complications that are seen after the treatment include:

–          Abnormal bleeding and formation of hematomas

–          Infection at the site of injections or laser exposure

–          Change in the color of skin

–          Change in skin texture

–          Delayed healing

–          Bruising and scarring

–          Post surgical pain

–          Injury to deep structures including muscles, nerves and blood vessels

–          Altered sensation

–          Allergies to various materials used during and after surgery

–          Formation of ulcers

–          Hypersensitivity

–          Failure of the procedure



It is important to follow all guidelines and instructions given by the surgeon once the surgery has been successfully completed. Spider Vein Treatment 3The surgeon may prescribe analgesics and antibiotics to prevent post surgical pain and chances of infection. Patients must not subject the site of surgery to excess motion or force immediately after the procedure because this can delay healing. Mild exercises can be performed to ensure and regulate proper blood flow to the area.

Results of Spider Vein Treatment (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

The results of spider vein treatments are astounding. The surgery helps individuals suffering from spider veins to feel more confident about their appearance when in social gatherings. It allows them to wear the clothing that they desire without fear of embarrassment. In case the patients are not satisfied with the results of the surgery, it can be performed again.