Treatment of spider veins

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Laser therapy, Injection (sclerotherapy) or combination

The more painless treatment, immediate return to daily routine

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Immediately visible result (in a few weeks)

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Personalized Therapeutic Plan by Vascular Surgeon & Dermatologist


Treatment of Spider Veins with Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the most common and widely used treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. A needle is used to infuse a chemical substance into the vein. The chemical causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut.

This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade.

This treatment is performed without anaesthesia. You can return to your normal activities immediately after treatment.

The same vein may have to be treated more than once. Sessions are repeated every 4 to 6 weeks. This treatment is very effective if applied correctly. Possible side effects:

  • Stinging, redness and mild swelling of the skin or bruising at the injection site. Symptoms usually go away shortly after treatment.
  • Spots, brown lines, or groups of fine red blood vessels around the treated vein. These also usually go away shortly after treatment.
  • Blood clots that get trapped in the vein and cause inflammation that is not dangerous. You can relieve swelling by applying heat and taking aspirin.

Treatment of spider veins with laser

In some cases, lasers can effectively treat spider veins. This technique sends very strong bursts of light through the skin onto the vein. This targeted heat gradually destroys the vein.

No needles or incisions are used, but the heat from the laser can be quite painful. Cooling helps reduce the pain. Each session usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. To remove the spider veins in the legs, 2 to 5 sessions are required. You can return to your normal activities straight after the treatment session.

Possible side effects:

Redness or swelling of the skin immediately after treatment, which subsides within the next days
Skin depigmentation that is not permanent; skin colour becomes normal within one to two months

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