Most of us get them, but we don’t like them—those red, blue, or green spider webs just beneath the skin, often appearing as a central area with outward veins resembling the legs of a spider. The good news is we can treat them! With summer just around the corner, now is the time to schedule an appointment to discuss how your spider veins can be treated.
One of the most common procedures is sclerotherapy. This is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat spider veins and small varicose veins in the legs. A solution is injected into the vein with a fine needle, causing them to shrink and gradually disappear. There is typically a 50 to 80 percent reduction in the appearance of veins after this procedure.
How long does it take?
The number of veins treated in one session varies and depends on the size and location of the veins and the patient’s general medical condition. The procedure is typically completed within 15 to 30 minutes.
Some patients will notice results right away; however, most spider veins typically respond in three to six weeks. Varicose veins usually respond in three to four months. If the veins respond to the treatment, they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear, and you may need to return for another session.
How to get started
Sclerotherapy for surface spider veins is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and is usually not covered by insurance. On the other hand, varicose veins are considered a medical condition and may be covered by your insurance. Myself, or one of our other vein specialists at Prevea, can help develop a treatment package for your individual needs.
Don’t wait! Schedule your appointment online today at prevea.com or call (920) 436-1358.
Kristi is a Prevea Vascular Care nurse practitioner who specializes in treating varicose veins and other aspects of vascular medicine. She focuses on all phases of vascular disease, from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, surgical, and minimally-invasive treatment options.