SCLEROTHERAPY

Spider Veins And Telangiectasias

Are those red, blue or purple clusters of veins that appear on thighs, calves, ankles, and the face. These are not to be confused with varicose veins, which are much larger and tend to appear as swollen and wrinkled under the skin. It is estimated that at least half of all women will be bothered by this problem at some point in their lives. Men are also affected but they are normally covered with hair and so tend not to be so much of a cosmetic issue for men. Laser treatments can help reduce the appearance of these vein

What Causes Spider Veins And Telangiectasias?

These veins are normally attributed to any of a number of factors such as pregnancy or other hormonal shift, weight gain, prolonged standing or sitting or hereditary.

What Happens During A Sclerotherapy Treatment?

Dr. Shakov treats these veins using a laser platform. This will cause the vein to collapse and fade with time as your body reabsorbs it. On average, it takes one to two treatments.

How Long Does It Take?

That depends on how much area needs to be treated. Dr. Shakov tries not to do too much per session so as not to overwhelm the patient. Several sessions may be required to obtain the desired result.

Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Anesthesia is typically not needed during the treatments, and cooling and ice help with the discomfort.

How Long Is The Recovery Time?

Sclerotherapy does not require resting afterwards, in fact you are encouraged to walk. Your treatment sites will likely appear bruised and you may be asked to wear a support hose for a few weeks. Sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour is not allowed and you should avoid squatting, running or heavy lifting for at least one week. Exercise can be resumed inside of a few weeks, but weight lifting, jogging and running need to be OK’ed by Dr. Shakov.

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