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Need Help With Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy: The gold standard treatment for spider veins is sclerotherapy. Foam sclerotherapy is now one of the most commonly used forms of sclerotherapy to treat spider veins. You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation especially if you have a lot of spider veins since they could be due to an underlying malfunctioning (refluxing) valve which may require treatment first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help is available: The usual place for spider veins is the legs. However, they can occur on the face. They can be removed either by laser, electric pencil or injections of a medication through a very small needle directly into the vein. All of these methods work but the least painful are the injections. Be sure it is done by a phlebologist (vein specialist) certified by the abvlm. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Generally, does sclerotherapy for spider veins need to be repeated? Or, is it mostly a permanent solution to the problem?
Nothing is permanent: As dr. Placik said, it is permanent but there will be recurrence. Your tendency to get spider veins is inherited, so you will always run the risk of developing new spider veins with time. The ones that are treated will go away permanently but nothing can guarantee that you won't get other spider veins in the future. It's in your dna. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After seeing a few minor spider veins, is there anything I can do to help slow/prevent more from developing?
Vein evaluation.: If you have a few spider veins then sclerotherapy would be the treatment of choice. If you have many spider veins then you should consider having a venous evaluation with a venous reflux ultrasound to see if you have underlying reflux (leaking vein valves) which may be the cause of the spiders. Wearing support hose may help and seeing a vein specialist would help to answer any other questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need to get anesthesia but have "spider veins". Any suggestions to make it easier so i don't need 9 people sticking & missing before using my wrist?
Are spider veins dangerous and what causes them? I have so many on my thighs and ankles... Help please
Several options.: There are several options to treat spider veins. The gold standard is sclerotherapy where a solution in injected into the veins to dissolve them. Other options are topical laser, ipl(infrared pulsed light), and fine needle radio frequency such as ellman, veinwave and veingogh. All spider vein treatments usually require several cycles and are well tolerated. ...Read more
Non traumatic.: Spider veins are due to many factors including hereditary, trauma, sun exposure and , in women, pregnancies. Frequently they are also due to an underlying valve insufficiency reflux) and this can only be seen on a venous reflux ultrasound. Non traumatic exercise such as biking, spinning and ellipticals are good for the veins but running and pounding of the legs on pavement or a treadmill is not. ...Read more
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