Spider Vein Injections New Orleans
Spider veins are small, red, purple or blue vessels that twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin. They are typically visible on the legs and face. Spider veins are much smaller than varicose veins.
A number of factors predispose a person to spider veins. These include:
- Occupations that involve a lot of standing or sitting
- Excess Weight
- Pregnancy or Menopause
- Birth Control Pills
- Hormone Replacement
- Blood Clots
Many of our patients with spider veins complain of pain, described as an aching in the legs. Other common symptoms include tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs. Pain from these veins is usually relieved by elevating the legs so blood doesn’t pool and cause additional spider veins.
In women, symptoms may be worse during pregnancy, menopause or the menstrual cycle. Sometimes Spider Veins can form a painful blood clot with inflammation of the vein, a condition called thrombophlebitis.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SPIDER VEINS
Sclerotherapy. This procedure, which has been available since the 1930s, is another treatment option. This procedure uses a highly concentrated saline (salt) solution or a specially made detergent that is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear gradually over three to six weeks. The procedure is simple, relatively inexpensive, and can be performed in an outpatient setting.
Lasers and intense pulsed light. Surface laser or intense pulsed light treatments, such as Vasculight and PhotoDerm, are other options. These devices use heat energy to selectively damage or destroy abnormal veins. An advantage of these treatments is that no needles or sclerosing solutions are required; however, there may be some minor discomfort. Side effects do occur, including discoloration or staining and blister formation. The results are often disappointing.
Many of our patients have no pain or issues with their spider veins and simply want to make an aesthetic change for the better. This is fantastic and leads to a better self-image.