Leg (varicose) veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels. Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn.
Weak and Damaged Veins
Almost 80 million North Americans have spider varicose veins. Almost half of all women between the ages of 40 and 50, and three quarters of those between the ages of 60 and 70, have them. Among men, one quarter of those aged 30 to 40, and half of those over 70, have them.
Spider and varicose veins are the result of weak or damaged valves in the veins. When the valves do not open to allow blood to leave the veins, blood backs up and the veins swell.
Treatment – Sclerotherapy
If you have symptoms or are concerned about the appearance of spider/varicose veins, the Powder Room uses the Sclerotherapy procedure.
Sclerotherapy procedure, your Powder Room specialist injects the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, treated spider/varicose veins fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is usually effective if done correctly.
Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia and can be done in our office. Side effects include swelling, itching and skin color changes in the treated area. During your consultation, the Powder Room will provide all the necessary details and information about this procedure.