Sclerotherapy and Spider Vein Treatment Panama City Beach, Florida
As winter finally gives way to the warmth and sunshine of spring and summer, most of us can’t wait to get back into our shorts, sundresses, skirts and swim suits. Unfortunately, for 80 million or more Americans, especially women, spider or varicose veins make this transition to summer a stressful time. The good news is that simple and convenient procedures are available for the treatment of spider and varicose veins.
Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are tiny dilated capillaries or venules that are visible just under the skin’s surface on the legs, face, and chest. They are usually red or purple and often resemble a tangled spiders web or the tiny legs of a spider.
Approximately 25-40% of patients who appear to have only spider veins are found to have underlying larger vein problems such as Saphenous vein insufficiency and venous hypertension. For this reason, it is essential to perform a thorough ultrasound examination of the leg veins to see beneath the surface and accurately diagnose the underlying cause. Only then can we and determine an accurate treatment plan. If the ultrasound reveals no significant underlying problems then the spider veins are easily treated using a procedure known as sclerotherapy.
Spider veins do not contribute in a positive way to the normal circulation, thus, closing them has no adverse effect on the body. Rather, these tiny veins are often associated with symptoms such as itching, burning, aching, or Restless legs syndrome. If your spider veins are symptomatic, treating them usually helps resolve these symptoms.
Insurance will often cover treatment of these veins if they are caused by increased pressure in larger symptomatic varicose veins. If you have insurance, then this is another reason an ultrasound examination must be performed during the initial visit to document any underlying problems that would justify medical necessity. If the ultrasound exam reveals normal circulation within the Saphenous veins, sclerotherapy is generally considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins and spider veins.
Vein Treatment Injections
Sclerotherapy is a proven treatment for spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure in which a solution (called a sclerosant) is injected using a micro-needle into the unwanted veins. The solution causes a mild inflammatory response within the vein wall causing it to collapse and become naturally absorbed by the body. This procedure usually causes minimal to no discomfort. New Foam sclerotherapy, treatments make it possible for patients with large varicose veins to benefit from this minimally invasive procedure and avoid painful vein-stripping surgery.
Dr. Moskowitz uses only FDA approved medications with a long safety record for treatment of unwanted veins. Fading of the veins occurs gradually over a period of several weeks.
How many Sclerotherapy treatments will I Need?
The number of treatment sessions needed typically ranges from two to six and is determined by the severity of the problem and the desired cosmetic result.
Treatment of abnormal varicose veins and spider veins can dramatically improve the appearance of your legs as well as the way they feel.
After each treatment, the patient is required to wear special support stockings to aid in closure of the veins and improve cosmetic outcome.
Patients are encouraged to return to regular low to medium impact activities immediately after treatment to increase blood flow through healthier veins.
Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz of the Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center has treated thousands of vein patients using sclerotherapy, laser, and EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatment). If you want to eliminate or reduce spider veins schedule a sclerotherapy consultation at the Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center with Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz the areas most experienced board-certified vein specialist (Phlebologist).
Do Laser Vein Treatments Work?
Spider veins on the face, chest, and legs are also treated with a variety of laser and light treatments such as Intense pulse Light or Lumenis One ND-YAG. A series of laser vein treatments can sometimes significantly reduce spider veins without the use of needles, but larger vessels will still require sclerotherapy and/or EVLT.
Causes of Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
Women are far more likely to develop spider and varicose veins than men. Heredity is the leading risk factor for developing spider and varicose veins. Other contributing factors include: Aging, pregnancy, Hormonal changes (menopause, hormone replacement therapy), obesity occupations that require prolonged standing.
Treatment can usually reduce the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins, by 60-90% but there remains no prevention for these unsightly veins.
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