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Spider veins, often known as “roadmap” veins, are close to the surface of the skin and can appear red, purple, or blue. These veins are caused by the backup of blood. If you stand regularly for long periods of time, you may be susceptible to spider veins. They can also be caused by hormone changes, sun exposure, and injuries.

Spider veins are commonly found on the legs, arms, and face. They may cover a very small or very large area of skin. Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, irritating the lining of the blood vessel causing it to collapse and forcing the blood to reroute to healthier veins. The now collapsed vein becomes scar tissue and eventually fades.

It is important for your Provider to know your medical history before deciding on a course of treatment including any recent illnesses, heart conditions, or past history of blood clots. It is also important to disclose the medications that you are taking and any allergies you may have.

After Your Sclerotherapy Procedure

Getting up and walking around after your procedure is encouraged, this will help prevent blood clots from forming. You should avoid strenuous exercise for about two weeks. You will also be asked to wear compression stockings to maintain compression to the treated area. Most people return to normal activities the same day.

You can usually expect to see results in three to six weeks, depending on the size of the veins treated. Larger veins may require three to four months. Multiple treatments may be required to help achieve the results you want.

Consult with your Alaska Center for Dermatology Provider to work on a treatment plan for your spider veins.