Spider veins are small purple, blue or red veins that can form anywhere on the leg, from the top of the thigh to the ankle, and can sometimes occur on the face as well. These veins appear as connected lines resembling a sunburst or spider web pattern or as short, unconnected lines.
Varicose veins are larger, sometimes raised veins which are often blue in color. These are not the deep veins connected with the valve system; however, they can become quite painful, producing a burning or throbbing sensation. Although these superficial varicose veins and spider veins carry blood, neither is necessary to the circulatory system.
Today, because of modern technology, both spider veins and superficial varicose veins can be treated through a procedure called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a technique which involves the use of a very fine needle to inject a solution directly into the veins. The solution causes the blood within the vein to disappear or become less obvious. Each vein may require several injections and most disappear in two weeks to two months.
Patients are usually advised to resume normal activity immediately, although vigorous activity is discouraged for hours.
If you are interested in learning more about the sclerotherpay, please contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions.