What Can I Do about Spider Veins?

Spider veins getting you down? While spider veins aren’t generally dangerous, they can leave your legs patterned with blue and purple lines. This can make you self-conscious, reluctant to wear shorts or skirts, go swimming, or enjoy other summer leisure activities. Fortunately, spider veins can be virtually erased — without surgery.

At Dadeland Dermatology Group in Kendall, Florida, Dr. David Rodriguez performs in-office, vein-reducing sclerotherapy treatments to restore skin color, tone, and texture. This treatment can also be applied to varicose veins, which can be more dangerous to your health and require treatment for more than just cosmetic reasons.  

When is sclerotherapy a good option?

If you have spider veins that keep getting larger, or spider veins that have turned into varicose veins, sclerotherapy could be the right option for you. It’s a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that has been around since the 1930s

Sclerotherapy treatment can relieve common symptoms such as itching, burning, soreness, swelling at the site of enlarged veins, or leg cramps when you go to bed at night. More than 324,000 Americans had sclerotherapy treatment in 2017 for spider and varicose vein removal. 

How sclerotherapy works to remove spider veins

If your consultation reveals that you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy, Dr. Rodriguez can do your treatment right in his office on the same day, with no waiting or visiting the hospital. 

He'll use a tiny needle to inject a specialized solution that will start forcing your damaged veins to collapse and shrink. 

Your blood flow will be directed into nearby, healthy veins, and the spider veins will slowly dissolve and be flushed out of your body. Over time, you'll be able to see the spider veins just fade away, leaving your legs smooth and even-toned once again. 

After your spider vein treatment

Once the injections are complete, Dr. Rodrigues will ask you to walk around to promote circulation and to prevent your blood from clotting too fast as the veins begin to collapse and seal off. Then you can go home and return to your normal daily activities. Try to have someone available to drive you home to avoid stressing your legs right away.

Sclerotherapy does cause a slight inflammation that can take about two weeks to subside. It shouldn't be painful, though. Avoid strenuous exercise, wear compression socks to optimize circulation, and make sure to protect your legs from the sun, as they will be very sensitive to sunburn and sunspots.   

Depending on the original size of your treated veins, full results will be visible after 3-6 weeks. Our office will schedule you for a follow-up within this time frame to make sure your legs are healing properly and the veins are dissolving smoothly. 

If you're ready to get rid of spider veins, use our online scheduler to book your sclerotherapy consultation or call the clinic directly at 305-203-0338 to request an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez. 

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