Spider veins are the fine, thin, red or blue blood vessels easily visible just under the skin on the legs.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, are the larger blue/green vessels deeper under the skin which often bulge out. They occur more frequently in women. They are often inherited or related to pregnancy (pressure and hormones), being overweight and prolonged standing.
Wearing specialized support stockings (e.g. JOBST, SIGVARIS) may prevent some dilated veins from developing in some people.
Maintaining a normal weight, regular exercise, and avoiding wearing high-heeled shoes may also be helpful.
An irritant solution is injected directly into the blood vessel with a very fine needle. This solution irritates the lining of the vessel causing it to swell and stick together.
Over a period of 2 –3 weeks the vessel fades from view, eventually becoming barely or not at all visible. Depending on its size, a single blood vessel may have to be injected more than once.
The discomfort is minimal because of the tiny size of the needle. Some injections feel like an ant bite which can last a few minutes.
After several treatments (3–6 treatments, 6 weeks apart) most patients can expect a 70-90 % improvement in the appearance of their legs. You may initially look worse because of bruising.
The improvement may be gradual with some vessels taking up to 3 months to show maximum benefit.
Treated veins can sometimes recur. Top-up treatments every few years will minimize this.
No. Pregnancy may bring about new veins more quickly, but it will also make the ones already there much worse, both during and after.
To find out if you are suitable for this treatment, or for more information, call us now on 1300 33 87 11, or book in for a consultation.