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Do compression hose cure spider veins, or do you need sclerotherapy?

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Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Compression not cure

While compression stockings may reduce the discomfort associated with spider veins, it will not get rid of them. Sclerotherapy is quite successful in treating spiders but it usually requires several treatment sessions.

In brief: Compression not cure

While compression stockings may reduce the discomfort associated with spider veins, it will not get rid of them. Sclerotherapy is quite successful in treating spiders but it usually requires several treatment sessions.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Need sclerotherapy

Compression hose typically improve symptoms caused by spider and varicose veins, reduce leg swelling as well as decrease the risk of blood clots (useful on long flights or car trips).
They do not eliminate spider veins, but perhaps might reduce new spider vein formation if worn regularly. Sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider veins of the legs. However, new veins can occur.

In brief: Need sclerotherapy

Compression hose typically improve symptoms caused by spider and varicose veins, reduce leg swelling as well as decrease the risk of blood clots (useful on long flights or car trips).
They do not eliminate spider veins, but perhaps might reduce new spider vein formation if worn regularly. Sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider veins of the legs. However, new veins can occur.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the best way to treat spider veins.
It may take several sessions spread out over several months to achieve a level of satisfaction. Some perform sclerotherapy several weeks apart, and others several months apart. Compression hose provide symptomatic relief of leg pain, swelling that venous disease causes, but does not cure the disease.

In brief: Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the best way to treat spider veins.
It may take several sessions spread out over several months to achieve a level of satisfaction. Some perform sclerotherapy several weeks apart, and others several months apart. Compression hose provide symptomatic relief of leg pain, swelling that venous disease causes, but does not cure the disease.
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Need Sclerotherapy

Compression hose do not cure spider veins.
They function by helping to decrease the venous pressure and compress the veins. To eradicate spider veins and to help contain them, sclerotherapy would be necessary. Sclerotherapy is a process and usually requires multiple treatments.

In brief: Need Sclerotherapy

Compression hose do not cure spider veins.
They function by helping to decrease the venous pressure and compress the veins. To eradicate spider veins and to help contain them, sclerotherapy would be necessary. Sclerotherapy is a process and usually requires multiple treatments.
Dr. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Nothing cures

Good graduated medical compression stockings can make your legs feel better, slow down our inherited vein problems during prolonged sitting and standing, but can't cure veins.
Sclero therapy can eliminate the existing cosmetic surface spider veins but we will make new ones in different areas overtime. Sometimes people have an underlying medical vein problem that needs treated first.

In brief: Nothing cures

Good graduated medical compression stockings can make your legs feel better, slow down our inherited vein problems during prolonged sitting and standing, but can't cure veins.
Sclero therapy can eliminate the existing cosmetic surface spider veins but we will make new ones in different areas overtime. Sometimes people have an underlying medical vein problem that needs treated first.
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sclerotherapy

Graduated compression stockings are usually very helpful in controlling any symptoms you might have from your spider veins but they won't fix the problem. Applying external pressure can't fix a vein that has lost its normal function and become enlarged.
If you want to get rid of the veins, sclerotherapy is usually the best choice. I would recommend seeing a phlebologist (vein specialist).

In brief: Sclerotherapy

Graduated compression stockings are usually very helpful in controlling any symptoms you might have from your spider veins but they won't fix the problem. Applying external pressure can't fix a vein that has lost its normal function and become enlarged.
If you want to get rid of the veins, sclerotherapy is usually the best choice. I would recommend seeing a phlebologist (vein specialist).
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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