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Dermatology San Antonio treats spider veins with Sclerotherapy. Spider veins are veins that appear as tiny networks of red, blue, or purple lines that usually appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles. When they accumulate, spider veins can become quite noticeable. In some patients, these clusters of veins become noticeable at a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later in life.
A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs including heredity, hormonal shifts, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, pregnancy, and weight fluctuation. Women are two to three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Spider veins usually do not create any medical problems, however, many of our patients seek treatment of their spider veins to enhance the aesthetic appearance of their legs.
Spider veins on the legs can be treated in a variety of ways depending on their size and location. At Dermatology San Antonio we use a mild sclerosant solution to treat red to purple spider veins on the legs. This involves the injection of a solution into the vein which affects the internal lining of the vein causing it to close as it heals from the treatment resulting in elimination of the vein.
The solution chosen by Dr. Miller and Dr. Tisdall was selected for its maximum effectiveness and minimal discomfort. Depending on the number and severity of spider veins, 2-3 Sclerotherapy sessions may be needed. Sclerotherapy treatments itself usually takes approximately 20 minutes. This procedure is performed by our physicians.
If you are interested in knowing more or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 210-615-7171.