If you are looking for a way to treat and reduce the appearance of superficial veins, you may benefit from the vein treatments offered at Aesthetic Medicine & Veins. We offer a variety of treatments that can help improve the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins. Contact our office in Mississauga, Ontario today to schedule your consultation!
What are spider veins?
These small, superficial veins are characterized by red or purple color and their web-like patterns. Spider veins can easily be seen through the skin and can affect the aesthetic appearance of the legs, or other areas of the body where they occur.
Common Causes of Spider Veins:
- Jobs that require excessive standing
- Birth control
- Hormonal influences during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, rope-like superficial veins that commonly develop in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins often occur as a result of a venous malfunction that causes blood to pool in the veins, which builds up the pressure and weakens the walls of the vein and causes them to bulge. Varicose veins are often accompanied by symptoms that may cause you discomfort throughout your daily activities.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins:
- Muscle cramping in your lower legs
- Throbbing or burning sensations
- Achiness or heaviness in your legs
- Pain in your legs after sitting or standing for a long period of time
Vein Treatment Options
Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is a common, effective treatment for varicose and spider veins. This procedure is performed by injecting a medicated solution, usually comprised of saline, into the targeted veins to irritate the vein lining and cause the treated veins to swell and collapse. Once the vein has collapsed, the body gradually reabsorbs it, causing it to gradually fade from view. Most sclerotherapy treatments take about 30 minutes to complete and have minimal downtime associated with them. Many of our patients are able to return to their normal routines within 24 to 48 hours of their sclerotherapy session. We typically recommend that our patients wear compression stockings for the first several weeks after their procedure to encourage quick, effective healing.
Laser treatments are best used to treat facial veins and smaller spider veins. At Aesthetic Medicine & Veins, we use the VariLite laser to treat the following conditions:
- Vascular lesions: Telangiectasia, Rosacea, Cherry Angiomas, Spider Angiomas, Venous Lake, Blue Facial Veins, Hemangiomas, Port Wine Stains, Facial Spider Veins, Neovascularization
- Pigmented lesions: Lentigines, Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra, Freckles
- Cutaneous lesions: Verruca, Keratosis, Skin Tags, Acne
Surgery for Varicose Veins
Some varicose veins may require surgery in order to effectively remove them. If you are a candidate for the surgical removal of varicose veins, Dr. Seib will provide you with a referral for treatment.
Endovenous Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins
This venous treatment is a popular choice for removing unwanted varicose veins and helps treat and address the symptoms of varicose veins. We typically use endovenous laser ablation to treat the long saphenous vein if it becomes varicose. This procedure is performed under a local anesthesia to reduce your downtime and recovery period. During the procedure, a small laser fiber is inserted into the malfunctioning vein. Pulses of laser energy are delivered to the walls of the vein as the fiber is pulled through it, which causes the walls of the vein to collapse and seal the damaged portion of the vein shut.
Contact the experts at Aesthetic Medicine & Veins in Mississauga, Ontario today to learn more about our vein treatments!