Spider veins are a very common, yet also very unsightly, problem that many people live with. Spider veins affect people from all walks of life; young, old, men and women. Not only do they have an unpleasant appearance, spider veins can also cause itching, burning and even aching. So it’s no wonder that many people with spider veins look for a permanent solution to these blemishes.
Luckily, you don’t have to live with spider veins forever. There are very effective treatments that can get rid of these ugly veins once and for all. One of the most common treatments is sclerotherapy.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an injection to the veins of a special sclerosing solution, also called Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate. This solution weakens the lining of the veins, causing it to shrink, and over time the vein will disappear. Most patients require more than one treatment, usually about 3-5, scheduled a month apart, to see the spider veins completely disappear for good.
One of the biggest benefits of sclerotherapy is that there is no downtime. Patients are able to resume their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. Further, there is no anesthesia involved. For the patient’s comfort, the doctor might apply a topical ointment to help numb the area, or even use ice packs to minimize the pain from the injections. But the pain is minimal and most patients don’t need any extra treatment.
Alternatives to sclerotherapy
For patients interested in alternate treatments to spider veins, Jefferson Facial Plastics in Philadelphia offers other treatment options as well.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy: this treatment utilizes a broad-spectrum pulse of light that basically destroys spider veins. The light spectrum can be adjusted to for the best results. IPL for spider veins will only target those veins, leaving the surrounding tissue healthy. Most people require 2-4 treatments.
Radiosurgery: This procedure uses a very focused, high-frequency beam of radio waves that shuts the vein down. The benefit is that most patients only need one treatment (though some people might need more) and there is no downtime associated with radiosurgery.
Contact us to discuss spider vein treatment options
Because every patient is different, Jefferson Facial Plastics never takes a one-size-fits-all approach to facial spider veins. When you come in for your initial consultation, we’ll discuss the different treatments we offer and which one is the best match for you. Also, during your consultation, you’ll discuss your medical history and any conditions you might have that can have a negative effect on the outcome of your treatment.
Don’t suffer from facial spider veins anymore. Call us today for your consultation so you can begin to look and feel great before the end of summer. Come see why Jefferson Facial Plastics is the top medical spa in the great Philadelphia area.