Spider Vein Treatment
If you sometimes avoid showing your legs because you have spider veins, those small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles, you are not alone. It’s estimated that at least half of all women are bothered by this common cosmetic problem.
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:
- Hormonal shifts
- Weight gain
- Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
In some women, spider veins become noticeable in their early 20s. For others, the veins may not become obvious until they reach their 40s. Men get spider veins, too. However, usually they are concealed by hair growth on the leg.
– Dawn V.
Dr. Gabriel Del Corral is the region’s only reconstructive microsurgery specialist and the exclusive plastic surgeon located in Baltimore, MD, who is very skilled and has a vast amount of experience with the Sclerotherapy procedure.
IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
Spider vein treatment is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Spider vein treatment can be performed on people of any age and is a good option for you if:
- You are bothered by spider veins anywhere on your body
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your spider vein treatment
- You are committed to following your plastic surgeon’s prescribed course of treatment
HOW IT WORKS:
A micro-needle is used to deliver hypertonic saline, an FDA-approved solution, directly into problem veins. Usually, the veins blanch after treatment, and then ultimately disappear. While there is immediate improvement, results continue to improve over several months, with most people seeing 80% to 90% improvement after a series of treatments.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A treatment typically lasts 20 minutes. Usually, two to three treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Immediately after the treatment, you will be asked to elevate your legs for two to four hours. Bruising, brown discoloration or hardening of the treated vein may be noted. These symptoms are usually temporary and are part of the body’s natural healing process.
I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
If you are considering spider vein treatment we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis of your legs, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.