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What can I do to reduce the appearance of spider veins?

Spider veins aren’t normally harmful, but they can be unsightly, so many people that have them want to eliminate them for cosmetic reasons. They commonly ask the question – what can I do to reduce the appearance of spider veins. Fortunately, spider veins can be easily treated with non-invasive therapy.

What are spider veins
Spider veins are a cluster of dilated blood vessels that normally appear near to the surface of the skin. They may be red or blue in color, and are typically found on the face and legs.

Reducing the appearance of spider veins with Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that can be used to reduce the appearance of spider veins. The procedure involves the injection of a chemical solution (sclerosing agent) into the affected vein, using a tiny needle. The solution goes directly to the vein and irritates the inside lining. The consequent scarring of the vein causes it to close, thereby preventing blood from passing through. The vein will eventually fade from view after a few weeks.

It may take 2-4 treatments to achieve the desired results with Sclerotherapy, but this may vary based on the number of veins being treated.

Recovery
There may be some swelling and itching after Sclerotherapy, which lasts for a few days. A compression garment is usually worn post-procedure, to reduce bruising and encourage normal circulation.Most patients are able to return to work and regular activities almost immediately.

If you are considering Sclerotherapy to remove your spider veins, contact Levy Dermatology, Memphis, TN, to find out more.

Call us today at 901-624-3333 to set up your consultation with Dr. Alan Levy.

You can also request a consultation online at www.levydermatology.com/sclerotherapy/.

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