Asking your dermatologist about aspects of your skin’s health is the first step in clearing up any misunderstandings you may have and the solution your dermatologist recommends may surprise you with its simplicity and affordability.  Spider veins on your legs can be unsightly and embarrassing, but there is an answer to this skin problem. Sclerotherapy can be used to banish spider veins.

What are spider veins? Spider veins, or telangiectasias to use the correct medical term are dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin that are visible through the skin and often appear to spread out like spider legs. One of the contributing factors for spider veins is pregnancy since a woman’s body is circulating both hers and the baby’s blood. This increase in volume of blood stretches out the blood vessels and veins and can cause a number of vascular problems, one of them being spider veins. This is one reason many women wear support stocking, to help with blood flow but even wearing stocking every day can’t prevent the formation of spider veins.

 

What can be done to treat them? Sclerotherapy is a common and reliable method of treating spider veins. A  solution, usually saline based is injected into the veins and, according to Web MD, the saline solution causes irritation and collapse of the vein and it eventually turns into scar tissue and the blue or red coloration disappears. Not everyone is a candidate for sclerotherapy, call Kallgren Dermatology Clinic to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists for a consultation to see if you are a candidate.