Do you find yourself choosing clothes that hide the spider veins on your legs? Do you cover up facial spider veins with makeup? Spider veins are not dangerous, but they can make you feel self-conscious. If you find the presence of these veins bothersome, you’ve got options. According to a study published in The British Medical Journal Clinical Evidence, spider veins can be tackled in many ways. One of the newest methods is foam-based sclerotherapy.
Not only does foam-based sclerotherapy reduce the appearance of spider veins, but it can also boost your self-esteem. That’s why Dr. Ellis A. Tinsley and our team at Tinsley Surgical recommend that you visit us at our Wilmington, North Carolina, clinic if you have concerns about spider veins.
Continue reading to learn more about sclerotherapy and how it can benefit you.
What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are dilated capillaries – the smallest of the blood vessels in your body – that appear as blue or purplish blemishes. Spider veins can indicate that the valves in your veins are not working optimally.
Risk factors for spider veins include:
- Having certain occupations that require standing all day
- Standing on your feet for the majority of the day
- Being overweight
- Having a family history of spider veins
- Being pregnant
- Taking hormones or going through menopause
Note that some of the risk factors can be prevented, and some cannot. Regardless of what causes your spider veins, it’s worth starting the conversation about spider vein treatments with Dr. Tinsley.
Benefits of sclerotherapy
Many types of treatments are available for spider veins, including ablation, laser treatments, and sclerotherapy. At Tinsley Surgical, we are proud to offer Varithena ® foam sclerotherapy. The traditional liquid sclerosant is whipped with air to create a foam, according to this study. Foam sclerotherapy is an excellent choice for banishing spider veins for several reasons.
As the foam enters your vessels, it essentially shuts down the vessel, and blood is rerouted to healthy vessels. Over time, the spider veins are absorbed into your body. When paired with any follow-up instructions, like wearing compression stockings, you should notice healthy-looking legs.
When compared with a liquid sclerotherapy treatment, the foam can more efficiently block each vessel. That’s because the foam comes into more contact with the walls of your vessels.
Works well with ultrasound technology
Thanks to the density of the foam, it is easier to see via ultrasound imaging. This enables us to visually confirm that your veins are adequately treated during the procedure.
Is sclerotherapy right for you?
If you’re tired of hiding your spider veins, stop hiding. Banish them with sclerotherapy. At Tinsley Surgical, we’re happy to provide comprehensive vascular care, including treatment for spider veins. We’ll help you determine the best course of action. To schedule a consultation, call our clinic at 910-421-2395.