Summer is just around the corner, which means warmer weather and shorter hemlines. And while many look forward to the summer season, this time of year can also cast a shadow of self-doubt if you’re living with a condition like spider veins. Telangiectasia, the medical term for spider veins, is a condition in which small, thin veins become visible under the skin—usually on the legs. These purple, dark blue, or red webs are caused by weakened valves in deeper veins, which causes increased pressure and reverse blood flow, eventually forcing these small veins toward the skin’s surface.
Spider veins are extremely common, affecting nearly half of the United States adult population. And we see them regularly at Plantation Dermatology, formerly known as Altman Dermatology. Fortunately, there are numerous options available for spider vein treatments.
Sclerotherapy is a type of injection procedure effective in treating telangiectasia. It involves injecting a solution into the affected area that causes the walls of the vein to collapse and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy takes about one hour, and patients see results in two to four sessions—just in time for the summer sun.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
Using a catheter and laser probe, ELVT closes off large veins at their source, helping them shrink away over time. This method is also sometimes referred to as “laser ablation” for veins. The procedure provides a non-invasive and quick procedure with minimal discomfort. Patients report seeing a difference in the appearance of their spider veins within a week of treatment.
Choosing the Right Treatment For You
If you are ready to say goodbye to your spider veins before summer, it is important to choose a medical provider with an extensive background in vascular surgery or aesthetics in order to ensure a safe and effective treatment. Dr. Steven Barilla and the Plantation Dermatology team bring years of experience and expertise to your vein treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Barilla will discuss your unique medical history and desired outcomes to help assess which treatment options are the best fit. Visit our office in Plantation, Florida, by scheduling an appointment by phone at 954-577-5161 or online at www.plantationderm.com.