Spider veins, or Telangiectasias, are small, dilated blood vessels located near the surface of the skin.
They get their name from their appearance which is said to resemble the web of a spider. They range in color from red to blue and while most often found on the legs, they can also be found in other areas of the body including on the arms and face. They often are not painful. However, when they do become painful, they are often associated with disorders of the larger veins of the leg making it important to not only treat the visible spider veins but to also address the underlying, deeper causes.
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider and varicose veins on the legs. During the treatment, a mild chemical solution (sclerosant) is injected into the problem vein(s) and causes them to close. The body absorbs these damaged vessels and re-routes the blood through other, healthier vessels back up the leg and to the heart.
The number of injections varies from patient to patient and depends on the number of veins and areas affected. A single session of treatment can involve multiple injections. At Elysium Aesthetics and Vein Care, Dr. Singh also uses a special light that is placed against the skin to illuminate other underlying veins which allows him to target not only the immediately visible veins but also the underlying veins that are contributing to the problem. The results of visual sclerotherapy are often seen almost immediately. The doctor may recommend wearing compression stockings after your treatment for the best results.