At Phoenix Wellness Clinic, there are two methods used to treat spider veins.
Microsclerotherapy is the treatment of spider veins using a sclerosant liquid or foam which is injected into the small veins, causing them to close.
A very fine needle is used to inject the sclerosant into the tiny spider veins . We inject the veins with the assistance a magnifying light which allows better visualisation of the vessels.
Laser(Coolglide) vein removal is used in conjuction with microsclerotherapy in some cases.
What are Spider Veins?
At one end of the spectrum, small spider veins are the smallest varicose veins. These are usually of most concern to women and can occur anywhere on the legs, but more often on the inside of the knee and outer thigh. Venulectasias are slightly larger veins that occur in groups – you’ll regularly see them with spider veins.
Spider veins, much like varicose veins can surface at any time, and several factors contribute.The most common cause is genetics, usually a parent or grandparent. Oestrogen also promotes the growth of spider veins. This is why more women than men have spider veins. Lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise make a large difference, with a sedentary lifestyle and high fat diet being major causes. Sun exposure can cause spider veins in particular, and as people age, varicose vein problems are more likely due to weakening vein walls.
How does laser spider vein removal work?
The laser uses a focused beam of energy, which targets the pigment in the blood. Without disrupting the skins natural surface the heat generated from the laser coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal. Over a few weeks, the vessels begin to reduce, and the body’s scavenging cells remove the blood. Over a period of 4 to 6 weeks, the veins are reabsorbed by the body and disappear.
How does CoolGlide vein treatment work?
The CoolGlide systems deliver pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.
What types of veins can be treated?
The CoolGlide can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins (or “telangiectasia”) can be treated quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and large blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins are not good candidates. A careful evaluation with Dr Kraft will help you determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, colour, and size of the vessels being treated since individual results vary.
Do the treatments hurt?
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece.
What are the possible side effects?
Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours.
When will I see results?
Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment.
However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear, but these too can be removed with the CoolGlide.