Many adults are commonly affected by varicose and spider veins, although women are more affected by them than men. Women mostly get varicose and spider veins on their legs. Varicose and spider veins are clusters of twisted and swollen veins. An average of 50% of adults has or will develop varicose veins.
What causes spider veins?
There are a lot of factors that can cause someone to develop varicose veins. A few factors are:
- sitting or standing for long periods of time
- hormone therapy
- history of blood clotting in the family
- or an injury
Some people do not have any symptoms besides the painful looking appearance. While others have to deal with throbbing, swelling, itching, burning, tingling or cramping up and down their legs. Symptoms increase after the individual has been sitting or standing for long periods of time. If Varicose and Spider Veins are not treated over time an individual can develop a discoloration in the area the veins are located.
How sclerotherapy can treat varicose veins
Sclerotherapy is a procedure by your cosmetic dermatologist that can treat varicose veins. The procedure does not require anesthesia or the patient having to undergo surgery. The dermatologist will simply inject the veins with a solution that will make the vein collapse and fade away. Some people may have to participate in more than one session for the best results. There is very little pain experienced and the recovery is fast.
If you’d like to see if qualify as a patient for sclerotherapy contact our office for a consultation with one of our board certified dermatologists.