You don’t just want smooth, blemish-free facial skin. You want all of your skin to be smooth and healthy. Unfortunately, small clusters of discolored blood vessels on your legs can diminish your self-confidence and make you want to wear pants regardless of how warm the weather is. At Cardiac Associates of North Jersey in Oakland, NJ, we offer several spider veins treatment methods. Today, we’re looking at how long those treatments take and how quickly the results become apparent.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most popular spider veins treatment methods because it has been FDA-approved for over a decade. This treatment takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete per targeted area.
Vein ablation treatments can take between 45 and 60 minutes to complete depending on the number of spider veins in the targeted areas and how many areas need to be treated. We can give you a better idea about how long your session vein-ablation session should take during your initial consultation.
One sclerotherapy session is usually all that is required for effective veins treatment. However, a couple of treatments may be required to address several clusters of large, very twisted varicose veins.
Typically, spider veins treatment can be completed in just one vein-ablation session. That said, two or three treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart if you are targeting several large varicose veins for treatment.
If you have both spider and varicose veins, we will develop a treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns during your initial consultation. Depending on the locations of these disordered veins, you may want to schedule a couple of sessions to address all of your concerns.
It can take anywhere from three to six weeks for spider veins to disappear completely after a sclerotherapy session. That said, if you are also using sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins, you should be aware it can take up to four months for the final results to become apparent.
As with sclerotherapy, the results become apparent very quickly. The smaller your disordered veins are, the sooner your treated veins will disappear completely. Typically, it takes a couple of weeks for the healthy tissues surrounding treated to absorb the veins fully.
Regardless of whether you opt for sclerotherapy or vein ablation, you can expect minimal restrictions after your treatment. If disordered leg veins are treated, you should wear prescription-strength compression stockings for a couple of weeks after your treatment.
That said, you don’t need to take time off from work after the treatment. If you choose to return to work after your treatment, keep in mind you will need to walk for five minutes every hour for the first-week post-treatment.
Spider veins are small clusters of discolored veins that most commonly appear on the legs and nose. In some cases, this purple or red discoloration is so intense the disordered veins are mistaken for an injury. However, these veins are actually poorly functioning due to disease. Our veins are responsible for returning blood to the heart once our arteries have delivered the blood throughout the body.
Our veins have valves that prevent blood from pooling. When these blood vessels become diseased, valves can weaken and stop functioning. This leads to blood pooling and spider or varicose veins.
Why Do Spider Veins Occur?
As noted above, faulty vein valves often result in blood pooling in the diseased veins. This causes “dead-end” veins. To ease the pressure, your body creates new veins. Unfortunately, these newly created veins get closer to the surface of the skin until they become visible. When spider veins appear on the face, particularly when they appear on the nose, it is due to a burst blood vessel.
Men and women alike can suffer from spider veins, but women have a much greater likelihood of developing this type of vascular disorder. Be aware, there is no test that indicates who will develop diseased veins, but your genes significantly affect your risk level. Other factors include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Hormonal shifts
- Sun exposure
Are These Veins Dangerous?
Typically, spider veins are only a cosmetic concern. That said, every spider vein has the potential to produce unwanted physical symptoms and dangerous medical conditions. For example, people with spider veins often experience:
- Discomfort after periods of sitting or standing
Additionally, spider veins can become varicose veins. Varicose veins can cause the development of many serious medical conditions, including pulmonary embolisms. Non-healing ulcers can also be triggered by varicose veins.