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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sclerotherapy is the Best Spider Vein Treatment

Sclerotherapy is an excellent method for eradicating spider veins - tiny, unsightly veins that appear in the legs and other areas. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins pose no real health risk, and treatment is largely cosmetic in nature.

There are several medications used to treat spider veins, and the choice of treatment is largely dependent on the size and location of the veins. We use the tiniest of needles to carefully place the medicine into these unsightly leg veins, and over a period of weeks, the patient's body will gradually absorb the veins. Large or dark clusters of spider veins may require a follow-up treatment or two for the best results.

There is no way to prevent other spider veins from developing over the ensuing years, as the predisposition spider veins is largely genetic, and is also related to the monthly hormonal changes women experience.

Sclerotherapy is not particularly effective for treating patients with varicose veins, which are larger protruding vein on the skin surface. Instead, they are best treated with options such as the Venefit procedure (VNUS Closure) or microphlebectomy. Varicose veins are typically considered a medical condition and treatment is covered by insurance.

Be sure to seek the advice of an experienced vein specialist who can give you the best overview of your specific condition and offer the optimal treatment recommendation. Free evaluations for spider veins are available at any of the Capitol Vein & Laser Center offices in Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia.


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