Spider veins: Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often twist and can bulge above the surface of the skin. They may be blue, red, or flesh-colored. Spider veins are enlarged veins that often become visible under the skin. They often look like webs, and they may be blue or red-colored. Spider veins can also be caused by sunlight, hormonal changes, or an injury.
Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment for leg veins. Sclerotherapy causes the walls of the vein to stick together, so the blood cannot flow through it anymore. This improves circulation in the treated leg and reduces swelling.
If you have sclerotherapy, this is what happens during treatment:
- Your doctor injects a chemical into the spider or varicose vein, which irritates the wall of the vein. Different areas of the vein are injected.
- After the injections, your doctor may massage the area.
- You can return to work and most activities on the same day.
- You may be advised to wear compression stockings
Spider veins usually disappear in 3 to 6 weeks.
To get the best results, you may need 2 or 3 treatments. Your doctor can perform these
treatments during an office visit. No anesthesia is needed.