Spider Veins Gone for New Year’s Eve? Definitely!

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, it is likely you have already chosen your little black dress and the party where you will ring in the New Year. The only thing holding you back at this point may be those visible red and blue networks on your legs known as spider veins. Spider veins are rarely more than a cosmetic concern, but that concern can be significant if the visible vessels appear on areas like the face or lower legs. The good news is you still have time to zap those spider veins in time for the New Year.

Heat-Based Spider Vein Treatment

At PCI Vein Center, we offer different treatment options for spider veins, depending on how large they are and how deep below the skin they are located. Veinwave is a procedure specifically designed for smaller, superficial spider veins that often appear on the face or legs. This procedure uses targeted heat or thermocoagulation to seal visible veins closed so they can be reabsorbed by the body.

Veinwave is a non-invasive treatment performed in our office on an outpatient basis. A small needle is inserted underneath the surface of the skin near the affected vein. The needle does not actually penetrate the vessel, but delivers heat to the vessel to damage it and seal it shut. Treatments take just a few minutes to complete and patients may return to regular activities as soon as treatment is over.

Injectable Treatment for Spider Veins

Another option in spider vein treatment is an injectable procedure known as sclerotherapy. This procedure involves injecting a special solution directly into the affected vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vein wall so the vessel seals closed. Like with Veinwave, the treated vein is reabsorbed by the body and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.

Sclerotherapy is most commonly used on spider veins on the legs. The treatment is relatively comfortable and does not require any type of anesthesia. Patients can return to regular activities as soon as treatment is over. Results will develop in the days and weeks following treatment as the vessels are absorbed by the body. Some patients will need more than one treatment session to achieve full results.

Now is the Time!

Treatment for spider veins is usually performed for cosmetic reasons. However some people may develop uncomfortable symptoms with their spider veins, including heaviness or aching in the legs and mild swelling of the lower leg and ankle. If you experience any of these symptoms, they could be an indication of an underlying vein condition known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. If a diagnosis of CVI is made, it is possible insurance could cover at least a portion of your procedure.

Don’t let spider veins get in the way of your appearance or your self-confidence. Contact PCI Vein Center today at 319-774-8432 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Lawrence and find out which vein treatment is right for you.

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