Do you ever feel embarrassed about the unsightly clusters of small blue, red, and purple veins on your legs? Spider veins, also called “telangiectasia” or “sunburst varicosities,” are dilations of small thin blood vessels that lay close to the surface of the skin that develop when blood doesn’t circulate properly due to damaged valves inside of the veins. If you’re among the millions of people who suffer from this condition, then perhaps you should consider undergoing cosmetic treatment. At his Wyoming practice, Dr. John Roussalis frequently performs sclerotherapy on people who wish to effectively eliminate the appearance of spider veins.
Causes of Spider Veins
Although there are a variety of reasons why spider veins form, the most common causes include the following:
- Heredity: Weak vein walls and faulty valves that predispose a person to developing spider veins can be inherited.
- Prolonged Standing: Occupations that require standing for long periods of time (e.g., nurses and hair stylists) are at a higher risk for developing spider veins.
- Age: As we get older, the valves naturally become weaker, causing blood flow to slow down.
- Obesity: Excessive weight adds pressure to your lower body, increasing the likelihood of spider veins forming.
- Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the veins become enlarged because of excessive blood that is stored in the body.
- Hormonal Changes: Puberty, pregnancy, and even menopause, can cause spider veins to develop.
Spider veins are not dangerous, so treatment to remove them is considered cosmetic in nature. Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” for treating spider veins. This relatively quick procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and takes between 15 to 45 minutes to complete. Using a very small needle, a sclerosing agent is injected directly into the targeted veins to seal them off. Approximately one injection is given for every inch of spider veins. During treatment, multiple injections are typically performed.
What to Expect After Treatment
Patients are typically very satisfied with their results and can expect their spider veins to be noticeably diminished in appearance. Multiple treatments may be needed to achieve the best results.
If you’re tired of living with unsightly spider veins, we encourage you to contact us today by calling (307) 234-4585 or by filling out our online consultation form today. Dr. John Roussalis and his experienced staff look forward meeting you and helping you achieve the fantastic results.