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If you are afraid to wear shorts, even on the hottest summer days, because of unsightly leg veins, you can likely get help with sclerotherapy. This vein treatment uses micro-injection technology to shrink varicose and spider veins, which results in improved circulation and appearance. The safe and straightforward procedure is effective in up to 90 percent of cases.
To learn more about vein removal at our Thousand Oaks, CA practice request a consultation with one of our dermatology professionals. Or you can call The Center for Dermatology Care at (805) 497-1694 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
Spider Veins and Varicose Veins
Spider veins are small purple, blue or red veins that occur mostly on the legs, but can also appear on the face. Varicose veins are larger, sometimes raised and often blue in color and can become painful with a burning or throbbing sensation. Spider veins and varicose veins are outward signs of inner damage to the valves that control blood flow in the veins. When valves inside veins weaken or become damaged they leak, causing blood to pool in the vessels of the leg.
Women get varicose veins up to four times more often than men. Contributing factors include heredity, pregnancy, aging, birth control pills, prolonged sitting or standing, or tight clothing. Exercise, such as walking, swimming, or biking, is one of the best preventive maintenance therapies. At our practice in Southern California, varicose and spider vein treatment is safe and effective.
Sclerotherapy works by injection of a sclerosing solution into the involved blood vessels. This solution may be hypertonic saline (strong salt water) or another medication that disturbs the delicate cells that line these varicose veins. As a result, the treated vessels collapse, scar down and are ultimately broken down and removed by the body. Compression stockings help prevent blood from flowing back through the treated veins and and may be used after the procedure to prevent new varicose veins from developing.
For the majority of spider or varicose veins, sclerotherapy alone is curative; however, surgery may be necessary prior to successful sclerotherapy in some patients. Ambulatory phlebectomy, ligation or stripping, as well as newer methods such as endovascular laser or radiofrequency ablation may be used for treating larger veins. Our doctors can help determine what vein treatment option will work best for you.