Find an Effective Spider Vein Treatment in Albuquerque
Sclerotherapy at Albuquerque’s Western Dermatology Associates is one method of treating spider veins—those unsightly clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that occur on ankles, thighs, and calves. It is estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with spider veins, which are connected with the larger system of blood vessels, but are not a necessary part of the circulatory system. Consequently, removing them does not have adverse consequences for circulation and blood delivery.
Technically known as telangiectasia, spider veins are primarily a cosmetic issue, though their appearance may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as swelling in the legs. Sclerotherapy is a solution for the cosmetic aspect.
Sclerotherapy in Albuquerque
For this vein treatment procedure, a medication is injected into the veins using a very fine needle. The medication is considered a "sclerosant," and its function is to irritate the wall of the blood vessel. This causes scarring, which closes the vessel off to the rest of the circulatory system, preventing it from carrying any more blood. The scarred blood vessel is eventually reabsorbed by the body and disappears.
The sclerotherapy vein treatment procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes and is done in our office. Most people tolerate the procedure well, with minimal discomfort.
It typically takes at least one month for the veins to resolve, and more than one treatment may be necessary to completely treat the spider veins.
Our doctors have collectively been performing this vein treatment for more than 35 years. We continually update our information and techniques as new procedures and information become available.
Sclerotherapy cost will depend on the scope of the treatment and can be discussed with a member of the Western Dermatology team.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Blood is supposed to move one direction through your veins, but a weakness in the valves that regulate blood flow can allow some blood to seep backward and pool, creating visible lines in the skin. If the backup causes visible veins to become thicker and larger, they are known as varicose veins.
Sun damage can contribute to the problem, as can fluctuating hormones. Increased pressure can also lead to spider veins, so anything that causes the heart to pump harder is a potential factor in their development: being overweight, pregnancy, and long periods of inactivity are common culprits.
The Western Dermatology Associates team can explain more about these veins, as well as how sclerotherapy works to collapse them.
More Vein Treatment Options
In addition to sclerotherapy, Western Dermatology Associates uses lasers to destroy unwanted veins, applying heat energy to collapse the vessel walls and cause the visible veins to be absorbed into the body.
Typically, lasers are used to treat veins on the face, while sclerotherapy is employed to treat veins on the legs. The Cutera laser is also ideal for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots, and general redness that keeps skin from appearing clear and even.