Spider veins are skin lesions affecting both men and women. Spider Veins are small superficial blue or red blood vessels appearing in lines like the branches of a tree or a spider web pattern. They can appear individually or interconnected over large areas of the legs, the face, and elsewhere. Larger dilated blood vessels, varicose veins, may be seen with spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is the most common minimally-invasive procedure used to reduce the appearance of spider veins. A sclerotherapy session can last between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of veins that require treatment. The treatment involves the injecting of a solution directly into the veins using a thin needle. The solution damages the inner lining of the vein, causing a blood clot to develop. Within a few weeks to a couple of months, the clot is reabsorbed into surrounding tissue and the vein disappears. Sometimes, multiple treatments are needed. Most patients return to their everyday activities right after the procedure but should refrain from strenuous exercise for a couple of weeks, and avoid exposing the treated area to the sun. Wearing support or compression stockings after treatment may be helpful.
Although spider vein treatment is quite successful with mostly satisfying results some possible side effects of Sclerotherapy include:
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