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How Long Does It Take Spider Veins to Disappear After Sclerotherapy?

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are formed when small blood vessels close to the surface of your skin swell. They often are blue, purple, or red and can look like thin lines, branches, or webs. You can find them anywhere on your body, but they most often appear on your face or legs.

What Causes Spider Veins?

The following can make you more likely to get spider veins:

  • Having a relative who has spider veins
  • Being overweight
  • Having a job that requires a lot of standing
  • Sun damage
  • Age
  • Using hormone replacement after menopause
  • Having a history of blood clots

Do Spider Veins Cause Any Problems?

Spider veins usually don’t cause problems, but if you’ve been standing for a long period of time they may hurt, ache, or burn. In addition, many people who have them dislike the appearance of spider veins.

How Can I Get Rid of My Spider Veins?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins. Your doctor will inject a salt solution or another type of solution into your veins. This causes the lining of a spider vein to become irritated as it collapses and sticks together. The blood clots, and over time, the vein turns into scar tissue that’s unnoticeable.

How Long Does It Take Spider Veins to Disappear After Sclerotherapy?

Since spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, spider veins respond very well to sclerotherapy. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment session. After a few weeks, your spider veins will most likely disappear if they’re responding well to this procedure. If your spider veins respond to sclerotherapy, they won’t come back.

Who is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is very effective in helping get rid of spider veins. Many people are good candidates for this procedure, but you may not be able to have the procedure if you’re pregnant. Your doctor can give you specific information about whether sclerotherapy is an appropriate procedure in your particular case.

How Can You Reduce Your Chances of Getting New Spider Veins?

The following can minimize your chances of developing new spider veins:

  • Wear sunscreen
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wear compression socks or stockings
  • Avoid sitting or standing for a long time without a break
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Elevate your legs when possible
  • Avoid using hot tubs and saunas excessively

If you have spider veins and would like to learn more about whether sclerotherapy can improve their appearance, make an appointment today with Sanctuary Medical Center of Boca Raton, FL. We offer a wide variety of treatments and will help you find one or more options to help you achieve your goals.

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