There are several spider vein treatment options in Omaha that will get rid of your spider veins permanently. Spider veins are the thin purplish veins just under the surface of your skin that resemble spider webs or road maps. They can be massive and cover a large part of your leg or you can have just a few in different places on your thighs, lower legs and ankles. Even though they carry a small amount of blood, once they are removed the blood naturally redirects into healthy veins. At Venus Vein Clinic in Omaha, NE, we encourage you to learn more about spider vein treatment and what it may be able to do for you.
Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is the most commonly prescribed and effective treatment to remove spider veins for good, especially on the legs. It is minimally invasive, which means it involves a very tiny injection directly into the spider vein. The injection is a chemical solution, usually saline solution that irritates the vein wall and damages the tiny valves inside the veins. Veins in the legs have tiny valves that close after each heartbeat. These help keep the blood moving against gravity and back towards the heart. After the injection, the vein becomes useless and seals shut. The result is similar to scar tissue. Slowly, your body absorbs the tissue and it disappears.
The treated spider veins will fade away in a few weeks. Depending on the extent of the damaged veins it could take up to two months to see the final results. For some people, several treatments may be needed to get rid of all the spider veins in the legs and ankles. The symptoms that may accompany spider veins such as leg cramping, especially at night, aching, swelling and unbearable itching may also be alleviated.
We do the procedure in our offices and it does not require any anesthesia, but if you want a topical numbing cream, it can be applied before the injection. You will lie down and our trained technician will slightly raise your legs. Each treatment takes about 15 minutes and can take up to an hour. The treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned before the injection. When the solution has been injected into the vein, the needle will be withdrawn and pressure will be put on the vein to make sure it stays closed.
What to Expect from Sclerotherapy
During your consultation with our specialist in Omaha, your medical history will be examined and details about the treatment will be explained. You can ask any questions you have and learn about the possible outcomes. We may conduct some tests to determine if you have any underlying causes for your spider veins.
We do not recommend sclerotherapy for pregnant women or people who have coagulation disorders, pre-existing cancer or heart disease. We will ask if you have any allergies or take oral contraceptives. If you smoke you will be asked to stop for a few weeks before and after the treatment because smoking may increase the risk of developing blood clots.
After the treatment, you may walk around for a few minutes to help prevent blood clots. You may need to wear compression stockings if your spider veins are extensive to keep up the pressure for a week or two after the treatment. Most people return to daily activities immediately after the procedure but you should avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight for at least two weeks after the treatment.
Get in Touch with Us for More Information
Spider veins may hinder aesthetic and cause discomfort, but you don’t have to live with them in the long term. To learn more about what spider vein treatment may be able to do for you, we warmly encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Venus Vein Clinic. At our convenient location in Omaha, NE, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in greater detail, answer any questions you may have, and help you achieve the aesthetic you desire. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!