It is estimated that over half of adult females and nearly half of adult men suffer from some sort of vein problem, including spider veins. Pesky and unattractive, spider veins are truly cosmetic in nature, even though they can frequently be symptomatic, and often times suggestive of deeper issues. They appear as thread-like red, blue or purplish veins and are commonly found on calves, thighs and ankles, and sometimes occur in clusters. They form from high pressure in the venous system, which, in turn, forces the thin-walled veins to expand. These engorged capillaries then expand to several times their normal size, causing spider veins.
The good news is that spider veins are easily treated in the comfort and convenience of our beautiful Leawood office. Reasonable clearance typically requires three to five sessions spaced about four to six weeks apart. At Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, Kansas City’s Original Vein Center, Dr. Craig Schwartz utilizes a combination of sclerotherapy injections along with topical laser treatment for the most effective and complete removal of spider veins
What to Expect After Spider Vein Treatment
We always warn patients that following treatment, their legs may look worse before they look better! Immediately after treatment, each injection area will look like a small red mosquito bite and may be slightly itchy for a few hours. The treated veins may also look bruised and the patient may experience minor cramping. This discomfort is temporary, and although rarely needed, easily treated with over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol or NSAID’s.
Spider Vein Treatment Has No Downtime
Patients can return to normal activities immediately post-treatment. However, during the first 36 hours, patients should not do anything that will significantly increase their heart rate, so they should avoid major exercise such as squatting, heavy lifting or running. Spider vein patients are required to wear medical-grade compression hose for a period of time post-treatment to help their legs heal.Dr. Schwartz also advises recently treated spider vein patients to avoid prolonged sitting or standing in one place for more than 1-2 hours at a time, and tocontinue frequent walking.
Four to Six Weeks Post Spider Vein Treatment
The treated spider veins will slowly begin to fade over the course of several weeks, however,remaining clusters of veins still requiring additional treatments will be noticeable. It is important to remember that it can take months for the clusters of spider veins to completely fade. As the treated veins close, blood can sometimes be trapped within the vein, leading to a firm, ropy sensation, and a brownish discoloration of the skin over the vein. This “trapped blood” will be reabsorbed by the body over time, but the process can be speeded up by having the patients return to the office within the first few weeks to undergo “needle aspiration”, where the old blood is flushed out of the vein.
Although Dr. Schwartz provides each spider vein patient with the diagnosis and recommended treatment protocol at the time of their free vein screening, it is important to reiterate that a single spider vein treatment will never clear all of the spider veins and a series of treatments is universally required. New spider veins may also develop over time. As the treated spider veins heal, most patients typically find that they begin to feel more comfortable wearing shorts or dresses after years of hiding them under long pants!
To learn more about the treatment of Spider Veins and the recovery schedule, schedule your free vein screening* with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling (913) 270-1915. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartzis located in Leawood, KS and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County and the entire Kansas City metro area.