There are several treatments for spider veins: sclerotherapy, radiofrequency treatment with Vein Gogh®, Vascular Laser and IPL™ (intense pulsed light) ablation. Dr Ellis and her expert staff will determine the right treatment for you. The key to effective, long-term results is identification and treatment of the "feeder" veins the cause your spider veins. In many offices this important step is overlooked and can lead to recurrence of spider veins, sometimes even more that you originally started with!
FDA-approved medications called Sotradecol® and Asclera® are used in our office for sclerotherapy. These medications are placed in the spider veins, causing the vein to seal shut. Once the vein is sealed, blood flows into healthier veins. The treated vein is absorbed and eventually disappears. Sotradecol® and Aslcera® give much better results and are far less painful than traditional hypertonic saline injections.
Radiofrequency, Vascular Laser and IPL™ treatment of spider veins is accomplished using the Vein Gogh®, Dornier 940nm diode laser and the Lumenis Quantum Intense Pulsed Light™ systems. These systems produce highly vein-specific wavelengths, which safely pass through the skin and seal the targeted vessels. The Vein Gogh® and Lumenis Quantum IPL™ systems are used to treat very fine spider veins on the legs, chest and face.
Spider veins appear as red or purple thread-like vessels on the skin surface, and can occur on the face, neck, chest and legs. In the legs they can be found alone or in combination with varicose veins. Spider veins are not a health risk alone, but are often a cosmetic concern. Spider veins are generally an inherited condition occurring when small capillaires dilate on the surface of the skin. Spider veins can worsen during times of hormonal shifts (ie; pregnancy or menopause) and with injury (ie; trauma or standing/sitting for long periods).
Before and After
Before and After