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Sclerotherapy: Spider and Varicose Veins Treatment

August 16, 2010

You’re working hard to be healthy, and enjoying the benefits of looking and feeling good too, when you notice that your legs have unsightly purple, blue or red veins that may bulge. It makes you wish you could look better in short clothing and bathing suits.

spide vein treatmentYou’ll be happy to know that these veins – Spider Veins and Varicose Veins -- can be treated, and both can be done in our Westlake office.

Spider Veins - Spider veins in women’s legs are common. Small purple, blue or red veins can form anywhere on the leg, from the top of the thigh to the ankle, remaining close to the surface of the skin. Several factors can cause spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy, weight, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and certain medications.

Varicose Veins - Different from spider veins, Varicose veins are larger, darker in color and tend to bulge. They may be painful and related to more serious venous disorders. As you get older your veins can lose elasticity, causing them to stretch, so that blood that should be moving toward your heart may pool in your veins. The veins appear blue because they contain deoxygenated blood, which is in the process of being re-circulated.

Today, because of modern technology, both spider veins and superficial varicose veins can be treated through a procedure called Sclerotherapy -- a technique which involves the use of a very fine needle to inject a solution directly into the veins. The solution causes the blood within the vein to disappear or become less obvious.

Varicose Vein Laser Treatment is also available. It takes about 45 minutes and requires only local anesthesia. Your physician then inserts a thin laser fiber into the vein through a sheath and the laser light is emitted through the fiber, closing the vein while your body automatically reroutes blood to other healthy veins.

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