Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny veins that constantly look dilated and unappealing. While leg veins may be caused by weak vascular walls and inefficient circulation, facial capillaries are often associated with rosacea, excessive sun exposure and exposure to heat.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for the removal of spider and smaller varicose veins on the legs. Veins are injected with a sterile chemical, which irritates the vessel's lining, causing it to become inflamed, harden, and eventually fade away completely. The injection needle is so small, patients often feel little pain and do not need any anesthesia.
Laser treatment is reserved for leg telangiectasias that are too small to be injected with sclerotherapy, or for facial capillaries. At The Skin Clinic, we have two lasers of the newest technologies that are ideal for treating facial and leg veins. Laser therapy is effective, safe and quick, and patients can resume their normal daily activites after the procedure. As with any laser treatment however, caution should be taken from sun exposure. The treated areas will be red and mildly swollen for a few days.
The number of sessions of both sclerotherapy and laser depends on the depth, number, and size of the veins being treated. While some patients are happy with the results after just one treatment, others may desire further sessions for the optimal effect. These follow up treatments should be spaced at least six weeks apart so that the effects of the previous treatment can be accurately evaluated.