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Common Name:
Spider Vein Treatment
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Type of Anesthesia:
Local, General
Length of Procedure: 15 to 45 minutes
Down Time: 1 to 7 days
Recovery Time: 2 to 4 weeks
Discomfort Level: Moderate
Procedure Location: Office, Clinic, Hospital
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What is Spider Vein Treatment?

Spider veins are small blood vessels that are frequently visible on the legs and thighs. These are recognizable as red, blue and purple clusters of veins, or in a spider-like shape. Spider veins can make areas of the body appear unattractive, causing one to feel self-conscious about their appearance. These veins can also bring about symptoms such as burning, swelling and aching. Spider vein treatment, also known as sclerotherapy, offers a solution to individuals wanting to remove these unsightly veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical known as a sclerosing solution, which irritates the spider vein and causes them to eventually disappear.

Another way spider veins can be treated is through the use of lasers. Laser therapy involves intense dosages to the vein; the blood vessels then absorb the laser light and shut down the vein. For either form of treatment, multiple sessions may be needed to optimize results. Spider vein treatment allows patients to enjoy showing off their legs with more confidence. In order to find out which spider vein treatment will work best to achieve your goals, consult with a cosmetic surgeon.

Feel free to look through the "Essential Facts" presented on spider vein treatment. These facts can help answer some of the more frequently asked questions about this cosmetic procedure. You can also learn more about spider vein removal in our “Research” section. However, the information presented on this website should not be confused for actual medical advice. If you wish to gain a more thorough understanding of this procedure, please consult with a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist.

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