Spider Vein Treatment
Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery offers many cosmetic and retail services, both surgical and non-surgical that help to combat signs of aging on the face and other parts of the body. One of the many services offered by Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery includes spider vein treatment, also known as sclerotherapy.
What is spider vein treatment?
Spider vein treatment is a cosmetic procedure that reduces or eliminates surface vessels or spider veins commonly found on the face and legs. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are not necessary for normal body functioning. They appear as very thin spider web-or tree-like veins on the thighs, ankles, calves, or elsewhere on the body and can often be caused by hormonal changes, pregnancy, weight gain, and prolonged sitting or standing.
At our office, we help men and women remove these unsightly and uncomfortable imperfections. Our spider vein treatment uses laser or intense pulsed light therapy, as well as a sclerosing solution that is injected directly into a vessel to cause it to slowly fade or disappear.
How is spider vein treatment performed?
Spider vein treatment is a simple procedure that does not require anesthesia. You will be advised not to wear any moisturizers, sunscreen or other oils on the day of the treatment.
The sclerotherapy procedure involves using a bright light directed at the vein. A tiny needle is used to inject a sclerosing agent into the vessel, effectively collapsing it and making it no longer visible. Each inch of vein requires an injection.
An additional treatment option is performed with a laser, the GentleYAG®. The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deeply into skin tissue. This delivers a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat. The GentleYAG® includes a technology that protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst. This process offers optimal treatment with minimal side effects (patient results may vary).
Typically, spider vein treatments are performed in our office or an outpatient facility. The procedure can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.
Am I a good candidate for spider vein treatment?
If you’re bothered by the appearance of spider veins on your thighs, ankles, calves, or elsewhere, you may be a good candidate for spider vein treatment. Both men and women can benefit from the procedure since it reduces the burning, swelling and aching associated with spider veins. However, if you are pregnant or nursing or if you have high blood pressure, cardiac disease, diabetes, or a history of blood clots, you may not be a suitable candidate for spider vein treatment.
What can I expect after spider vein treatment?
There is typically little to no downtime following spider vein treatment. You’ll be encouraged to walk around after the procedure; however, try to avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing to prevent blood clots.
Aside from some slight cramping and itching, you should not experience any other major side effects from your spider vein treatment. Although you’ll be able to return to work immediately, we may advise you to avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure, and hot water (such as a bath, whirlpool, sauna, etc…) for a few days.
What are the typical results of spider vein treatment?
After spider vein treatment, patients can expect the veins to gradually disappear over two to three weeks. Patients are generally pleased with the overall appearance of their legs without spider veins.
How much does spider vein treatment cost?
Because of the individual nature of the procedure, spider vein treatment prices fluctuate. To discuss pricing and any other aspect of the procedure, we invite you to come in for a personal consultation. To make an appointment with our knowledgeable and friendly staff, call 601-261-3690.
Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Mississippi including Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County, Laurel, Meridian and the Pine Belt. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Richard A. Pecunia, MD, FACS; Petra R. Schneider-Redden, MD, FACS; and William O. “Trey” Thomas, III, MD, FACS are committed to providing quality care.