How do I get rid of these ugly veins once and for all?
Spider veins and varicose veins are caused by an incompetent system of valves which allow blood to pool in the legs instead of draining upwards toward the heart.
Although larger varicose veins may require referral to a vascular surgeon, we are able to treat many of the unsightly spider veins right here in our office.
It is important that you understand treatment is not permanent- we all develop new spider veins as we age. Most patients require maintenance treatments every 1-2 years to get rid of new spider veins as they develop.
Treatment may take two forms:
- For slightly larger veins, we inject a medication (Asclera)* which causes the vein to shut down.
- For very fine veins that are close together, we use energy from a laser to heat the blood within the vein, causing the vein to shut down.
- Both types of vein treatment require two or more sessions, depending on disease severity. These sessions are scheduled four weeks apart.
*Please alert our staff of any allergy to polidocanol, if you have a history of clots in your veins, or if you are nursing or pregnant, as this may change your treatment recommendations.
Before your visit…
- Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other blood thinners for the week before your treatment, as they may increase bruising
- If you are receiving a laser treatment for veins, avoid sun exposure for at least one week before your treatment. Exposure to sun increases the risk of complications such as blisters. You must also avoid sunless tanners, as they interact with the laser.
The day of your visit…
Dr. Greer will take a thorough medical history and assess your areas of concern. Then the two of you will develop a treatment plan. If you receive Asclera, expect a very mild burning sensation with the injection. If you receive a laser treatment, there is mild discomfort similar to a rubber-band snapping.
After your treatment…
- Avoid hot showers, alcohol, and spicy foods for five days after your treatment. All of these cause your blood vessels to dilate, and can reopen the veins we are trying to close.
- You may have some aching in the treatment area. Take Tylenol as needed, and apply icepacks for 20 minutes at a time as needed for the first day.
- You may have some bruising or redness in the treatment area. This will fade over the next week or two. Some patients may experience a brown discoloration that takes several weeks to fade.
- If you had a laser treatment, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 on the treatment area when you are in the sun. Reapply every two hours. This will prevent your skin from becoming darker or lighter after the treatment.