DR. PETER MALOUF IS A TRUSTED BOARD CERTIFIED COSMETIC DERMATOLOGIST EXPERIENCED IN SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT
Many people suffer from unsightly spider veins or varicose veins, both of which are not necessary for the circulatory system to function. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that can help you get rid of these types of blood vessel malformations once and for all and have you back on your feet in no time.
If you have varicose or spider veins and are looking for a solution, contact Dr. Peter Malouf for a consultation. Dr. Malouf and his team of experts will access your situation and set up a therapy plan that works for you.
Spider veins namesake comes from the spider web pattern they produce and can appear anywhere on the body. These clusters of blue, purple, or red veins can be inherited, but are also associated with extended sitting/standing, changes in hormone levels, pregnancy, or even weight gain. While there are no serious health issues involved with spider veins, many people feel self-conscious about how the veins look.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins that are caused when blood flows the wrong direction or pools due to faulty valves that are among the circulatory system. It is believed that about twenty-five percent of adults in the U.S. are affected by varicose veins. These veins are not life threatening but are very unsightly due to their blue or purple color and swollen appearance. In some cases these enlarged veins can be very painful, causing a burning or throbbing sensation. In serious situations, they can even rupture or become varicose ulcers. Immediate medical action must be taken if these ulcers develop as they can lead to serious infections. Varicose veins also can cause clotting in the veins, which is a situation that could turn deadly if the clot breaks off and goes to the heart.
In Sclerotherapy, a fine needle is used to inject a salt solution into the problem vein, and the solution causes the affected blood vessel to collapse. Once the vein collapses, blood will reroute to healthier veins. The problem blood vessel will fade over the course of a few weeks while it is reabsorbed into the body. It may be possible to treat smaller varicose and spider veins with one treatment, a series of sessions may be needed for more established veins. The only preparation required before a sclerotherapy session is to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs and vitamin E. The procedure typically takes half an hour, and there is zero down time, although your doctor will ask you to avoid strenuous activity for a few days following the procedure. For about five days after treatment, you will be directed to wear compression clothing over the affected area.