Sclerotherapy (Spider Vein Treatment)

If you sometimes avoid showing your legs because you have spider veins — those small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles — you are not alone. It’s estimated that at least half of all women are bothered by this common cosmetic problem.

If you would like to eliminate your spider veins and improve your appearance, Dr. Westine and Delray Beach Plastic Surgery can help. We use the latest laser therapy to effect the safest, relatively painless, and most-efficient method available for eradicating spider veins.

In some women, spider veins become noticeable as early as their twenties. For others, the veins may not become obvious until they reach their forties. Men develop spider veins as well; however, they are typically concealed by hair growth on the leg.

A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:

  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Weight gain
  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing

Laser spider vein treatment can be performed on people of any age and is a good option for you if:

  • You are bothered by spider veins anywhere on your body
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your spider vein treatment
  • You are committed to following Dr. Westine’s prescribed course of treatment

The success and safety of your procedure depends very much on your complete candidness With Dr. Westine during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the procedure, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Any problems you may have had in the area to be treated, such as pain or previous injuries
  • Any surgical procedures that have been performed near the area to be treated, including any previous vein treatments
  • Medical conditions, family history, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Dr. Westine may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk actors
  • Examine your veins in detail
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of laser sclerotherapy treatment and any risks or potential complications

If leg veins are the problem, Dr. Westine may examine you for signs of more serious “deep vein” problems, as well as for larger, varicose veins. These conditions are often identified by swelling, sores, or skin changes at the ankle. A hand-held ultrasound device is sometimes used to detect any backflow within the venous system. If problems are identified, Dr. Westine may refer you to a different specialist for further evaluation and possible treatment.

For more information about laser sclerotherapy or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Westine, please contact Delray Beach Plastic Surgery.

The Procedure

  • In House Surgical Center
  • 1 to 1 ½ hours
  • Post-Op return office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Moderate discomfort.
  • You may feel some cramping in your legs for the first day or two after treatment. This discomfort is temporary and usually doesn’t require prescription medication.
  • You may be instructed to wear support hose to help your legs heal, along with other instructions on how to care for your legs post-procedure.
  • You may be prescribed medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection.
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