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Skin Conditions at M Khan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

Spider Veins

When the weather warms, it’s time for most of us trade out our heavy winter clothes for lighter spring attire. Sun dresses, shorts, short skirts, even swimsuits become the uniform of the day. But for 80 million or more Americans, mostly women, spider or varicose veins can make the transition to summer a stressful time. The good news is that simple out-patient and convenient procedures are available for the treatment of spider and varicose veins.

The office based procedures used for treating leg veins are called sclerotherapy. It is a simple procedure in which a specific sclerosing agent is injected in the visible leg veins with the intent to make it disappear. If you want to eliminate or reduce spider veins, schedule a sclerotherapy consultation with the cosmetic surgeon Dr Khan today.

Vein Treatment Injections

Sclerotherapy is a proven treatment for spider veins. It involves the injection of solutions that irritate the blood vessels in order to cause their destruction. Blood flow then shifts to other healthy veins.  New foam preparations make it possible for patients with large varicose veins to benefit from this minimally invasive procedure and avoid painful vein-stripping surgery. Sclerotherapy eliminates spider and varicose veins from the inside out. This is an office based procedure and can be done in 30 minutes while the patient is awake and alert. There is no need for anesthesia. Patients can leave the office after the procedure and can continue with their daily activities as scheduled.

Laser Vein Treatment

Visible veins of the face and legs can now be treated with a variety of laser and light treatments, including the long-pulsed NdYAG laser which is available at Dr Khan’s office. A series of laser vein treatments can significantly reduce spider veins without the use of needles, but larger vessels may still require sclerotherapy.

Laser Vein Information

Women are far more likely to develop spider and varicose veins of the legs than men.  Heredity is the leading risk factor for developing spider and varicose veins. Other contributing factors include aging, pregnancy and hormonal changes including menopause and hormone replacement therapy, obesity and working in jobs that require continuous standing. Treatment can reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins, but cannot prevent new ones from forming.

If you are self-conscious about the visible spider veins on your legs, face, and other parts of your body, schedule a spider and varicose vein treatment consultation with Dr Khan today.