Spider Vein Treatment
denver and lone tree, colorado
Millions of people are bothered by what are called spider veins, those unsightly blue, red, and purple vein clusters that most often appear on thighs, calves and ankles. It is estimated that approximately half of the adult female population suffers with this common cosmetic problem.
Thanks to the skill and artistry of Plastic Surgeon Dr. Broadway’s highly trained, registered nurses at Broadway Center for Plastic Surgery in Denver, Colorado, you no longer have to be plagued with colorful, yet unattractive markings of spider and varicose veins. Dr. Broadway’s registered nurses can treat vein problems with what is called sclerotherapy, a fairly simple procedure in which veins are injected with a solution called sclerosing solution, which causes the unsightly veins to collapse and fade from view. Sclerotherapy has also been known to remedy the problems associated with spider veins such as burning, aching, swelling and nighttime cramps. Although sclerotherapy has been popular in Europe for many decades, it has just recently become popular in the United States in the last ten years or so.
Varicose veins differ from spider veins in that they are larger than spider veins, are darker in color and tend to bulge out. Varicose veins are much more likely to cause pain than spider veins, and varicose veins are usually related to more serious venous disorders. Sclerotherapy can certainly treat varicose veins, but sometimes surgery is necessary in the more severe cases.
In the medical world, spider veins are called telangiectasias or sunburst varicosities and are small, thin veins that lie very close to the surface of the skin. These tiny veins are connected to our larger venous system, but they are not a necessary part of it. Several factors contribute to the development of these veins including heredity, pregnancy, weight gain and occupations/activities that required prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Certain medications may also cause spider veins.
A typical sclerotherapy treatment only lasts between 15-45 minutes. After your bare legs are cleaned with an antiseptic solution, we will inject the sclerosing agent into the affected areas. Approximately one injection is administered to you for every inch of spider vein. A cotton ball and compression tape will be applied to each area of the leg as it is finished. As the procedure continues, you will feel small needle sticks and a slight burning sensation; however, the pain is minimal during sclerotherapy.
The treated areas will look worse before they begin to look better, so you may not want to wear shorts until the healing process is complete. When the compression dressings are removed, you will notice bruising and reddish areas at the injection sites. In about a month, the bruises will diminish.
Dr. Broadway’s nursing staff will explain all post-sclerotherapy care with you and will tell you when it’s ok to resume normal physical activities.
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During your initial consultation with quintuple board certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. David Broadway, your individual concerns will be addressed, and all available options will be fully discussed with you to ensure your desires are met. If you live in or around Denver, Colorado, and looking for some minor changes to your body, please contact the Broadway Center for Plastic Surgery to set up an initial consultation, and let Dr. Broadway and Dr. Cisco help customize a series of cosmetic procedures to help restore your overall body satisfaction.