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What are spider veins and how do we treat them?
We have a system of deep veins and superficial veins that work together to move blood up through the legs and back to the heart. A problem in either type of vein may require treatment to alleviate discomfort and reduce your risk of more serious problems. We provide both laser therapy and sclerotherapy. Because every vein is different, we recommend free in person consultations with our Practitioners to determine which type of treatment is best for you.
Spider vein removal using our amazing Q plus C laser is an easy, fast, and effective way to treat superficial veins. Laser therapy treatments for spider veins have been used for more than 30 years. Advances in technology have allowed us to treat superficial veins easily and effectively.
The laser uses a focused beam of light. The wavelength of light is targeted to the pigment in the blood. The laser heats up the small spider veins and destroys them. The laser beam is focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.
Why Choose Our Laser For Your Vein Treatments?
Not all lasers are the same! The type of laser you choose for your vein treatments will make a huge difference in the number of overall treatments needed. This will increase the total cost, and can possibly damage your skin.
What really separates our laser from others is the Opti-Beam technology that distributes energy effectively over the whole spot size compared to lasers of old with a circular spot size whereas the energy was pinpointed and not evenly distributed. This technology will remove your veins faster, easier, and will decrease your chance of scarring. Our goal is to bring your skin back to normal as possible.
We also like to be as honest and straightforward as possible with our customers regarding the overall number of treatments needed and overall costs. Although we offer the latest technology in Portland, we still believe aesthetic treatments should not break the bank.
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Is Sclerotherapy good for spider veins?
Sclerotherapy to treat spider veins is a simple procedure which can be performed by Dr. Alison, without anesthesia. It can take as little as 15 minutes, or up to one hour depending on how many spider veins are being treated in a session. During sclerotherapy treatment:
- Dr. Alison will sterilize the injection with alcohol before starting the procedure.
- While you lie comfortably on your back with your legs slightly elevated, Dr. Alison will inject the chemical directly into your spider veins using a small needle.
- These chemicals will irritate the cell lining and cause inflammation and scarring of the vein wall.
If several spider veins are to be treated, larger veins are injected before smaller veins, from the thigh to the calves and ankles. Veins that are most uncomfortable to you are generally injected first before veins which are not painful or uncomfortable. During the injection, you may feel minor pain or burning. Tell your doctor if the sensation feels acute or unbearable. Although it is rare, acute burning may be an indication that the sclera solution has leaked from the vein into the surrounding tissue.
How much does Sclerotherapy cost?
Sclerotherapy requires a free physician consult that can be done easily online by uploading a picture on our contact form. Clients are normally pleasantly surprised by the affordable prices quoted by our Practitioners.
Will I get good results from Sclerotherapy?
It may take several sclerotherapy sessions to make problem veins disappear completely. If several sessions are indicted, veins are given a minimum of 3-4 weeks to completely heal before another sclerotherapy session.
Although treated veins fade permanently after sclerotherapy treatment, many patients will continue to develop vein problems, and new varicose veins and spider veins may develop which may require additional treatments.
What are the side effects of Sclerotherapy?
You can expect that bruising (ecchymosis) and redness at the injection site. This is the normal result of the sclera irritating the vein walls. Bruising should fade within 2-3 weeks of treatment. You may also develop small sores on the skin or darker coloring around the injection site. Good skin care and wearing compression garments should resolve these issues quickly in most patients.
Up to 20% of patients undergoing sclerotherapy experience blood being trapped in the treated vein. Remaining blood will turn brownish and should be absorbed into the body with time, sometimes over the course of several years.
Matting, which are fine, red colored blood vessels, may appear near the injection site. Hormone therapy and obesity make a person more prone to matting, which usually fades within a year.
Less commonly, some people experience serious side effects such as severe inflammation, blood clots, air bubbles, or an allergic reaction to the injected agents. Although these reactions are rare, contact your doctor immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, dizziness, or chest pain.
How do I know if Sclerotherapy is for me?
Many patients are bothered by the look of three types of enlarged vein: varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins. Sclerotherapy remains one of the most successful and oft chosen treatment for small to medium varicose veins and spider veins.
To determine if sclerotherapy is right for you, your doctor will first take a complete medical history, making special note of venous injury, clotting issues or previous venous disease.
After examining your legs in a standing position, your doctor will identify visible varicose veins, reticular veins, or spider veins. Your doctor will also note changes in color or skin texture which are associated with vein disease and/or blood clots. After a thorough examination, your doctor can determine whether sclerotherapy is right for you.
When should sclerotherapy be avoided?
If you are pregnant, over 75 years old or extremely sedentary, sclerotherapy is not for you. Sclerotherapy is also contraindicated if:
- your venous circulation is compromised, such as in the case of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- you have clotting problems or are at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or superficial vein thrombosis
- you have recently experienced vein infection (such as acute phlebitis), or have fever or acute illness
Sclerotherapy is only performed on small to medium sized spider veins, and not on veins connected to major veins, or veins in which reflux is likely to occur.
Doctors often recommend that their patients stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. aspirin or Motrin) one week before treatment. Doctors often wait until patients are off blood thinning medications (anti-coagulants such as warfarin) before performing sclerotherapy. Talk to your doctor about any drugs you are taking prior to treatment.
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