Sclerotherapy / Spider Vein Injection Gainesville, Florida
Dilated veins in the calves and ankles, commonly known as spider veins, are now quickly and effectively treatable. Dr. Greg Gaines can use sclerotherapy, a non-surgical spider vein treatment at our Gainesville, FL, office, to target the affected areas and help you achieve more youthful and healthy-looking skin. In addition to affecting the appearance of your skin, spider veins can cause an aching or burning sensation in the legs, particularly if you stand for extended periods of time. With a simple treatment, you can diminish discomfort and improve your appearance.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, or telangiectasia, is a condition characterized by the appearance of twisted, dilated veins through the skin. Unlike varicose veins, which are large and swollen, spider veins are much smaller in size. They may appear blue, purple, or red, and can occur on the legs or the face. They are most visible around the ankles, calves, and thighs.
After treatment, your spider veins will gradually diminish over the course of three to six weeks.
Causes of Spider Veins
There are a number of different health and lifestyle factors that can contribute to the development of spider veins, including:
- Hormonal influences, such as puberty or menopause
- Taking hormonal birth control
- Hormone replacement therapy for post-menopause
- Genetic disorders
- Occupations that require long periods of standing, such as doctor, cook, factory worker, and the like
- Sun exposure
How Can I Prevent Spider Veins?
While not all causes of spider veins are preventable, you can take precautions to minimize their appearance. Regular exercise and a nutritional diet can go a long way in preventing spider veins. Dr. Gaines also recommends avoiding long periods of standing, whenever possible. You can break up these long periods by taking a walk or sitting for a few minutes. You should also take time to stretch and elevate your legs at the end of the day. Because sun exposure can also cause spider veins, you should always use proper sun protection on your face and legs.
Dr. Gaines’s Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is a simple in-office treatment for spider veins. Dr. Gaines injects a highly concentrated solution of saline or other special solution directly into the spider veins. This results in a closing of the veins and a rerouting of blood to healthier veins. The number of injections you require and the number of treatments needed will depend on the extent and visibility of your spider veins.
After treatment, your spider veins will gradually diminish over the course of three to six weeks. While you may experience redness, bruising, swelling, or itching in the treated areas, this should dissipate within a few days following your treatment. To maximize your results, Dr. Gaines will provide you with detailed post-treatment guidance. By following these directions, you can enjoy more beautiful skin and a life without the discomfort caused by spider veins.
Get Rid of Your Spider Veins Today
If your legs or face are plagued with the appearance of spider veins, our simple spider vein treatment can help. With just a few treatments, you can eliminate your spider veins and the discomfort they cause for good. It is a simple and cost-effective way to improve your appearance and your quality of life. Contact our plastic surgery office today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Gaines.