Spider Vein Removal: What Can You Expect?

varicose vein removal orange countyDecisions, decisions, decisions. Many patients seeking spider vein removal in San Diego have questions regarding what are their options, and what to expect during and after treatment.

First of all, if you are seeking spider vein treatment in San Diego County or nearby Orange and Riverside counties, you should know that the San Diego Vascular Center specializes in vascular care, and offers a range of treatment options for spider vein removal and varicose vein removal.

When you arrive at your appointment, be prepared to fill out a detailed patient questionnaire with medical history. List any prior surgeries, allergies and current prescription medications. At this time, feel free to ask your doctor questions regarding his experience with spider vein removals, request before and after photos of actual patients, ask his/her credentials, and request details about the procedures they recommend.

Are you a good candidate for spider vein removal? You should consider spider vein removal if you are embarrassed by the sight of your spider veins, if you feel that you have to wear makeup or clothing to cover the spider veins, and if you have no history of vascular disease or blood clots. Your vascular surgeon would determine if the spider veins or varicose veins are a sign of an underlying vascular disease. Note: This is an important reason why you should consider a vascular surgeon for procedures such as spider vein treatment, as opposed to a ‘med spa’ or similar. Always ask if the establishment employs board certified vascular doctors.

Your vascular surgeon will next determine the area(s) where you require spider vein removal. Since skin on the face is thinner as compared to other areas of the body, they might consider a pulse dye laser or IPL laser for facial spider veins. Sclerotherapy, a process by which a solution is injected into the site of the spider veins with a microneedle. This constricts the blood vessel wall until it closes. The closing of each individual blood vessel causes blood flow to be rerouted through healthier veins. It is the pooling of blood in veins that are not adequately moving blood that causes the appearance of both varicose and spider veins. Once these under-performing veins are closed, the red and blue appearance of pooled blood immediately disappears.

If your spider veins occur in thin-skinned areas such as the face, your vascular specialist might consider an IPL laser. There is no downtime, and you can resume normal activity immediately. Using the IPL laser might require more than one treatment, depending on the severity and size of the veins.

Larger, thicker-skinned areas such as the thighs, calves and ankles often get better results from sclerotherapy (process described above). The skin may appear reddish for a few days, or there may be slight bruising, and the patient may be required to wear compression stockings for a few days. However, they can certainly return to work or other day-to-day activities immediately upon leaving the treatment center.

It’s that easy! We hope this article was helpful with your decision to free yourself from the embarrassment of spider veins.


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