Learn how minimally-invasive sclerotherapy clears your skin of spider veins.
If you've noticed a network of tiny yet conspicuous purple veins beginning to crop up on your legs, you are likely dealing with spider veins. This common circulatory condition tends to make those who have it a little hesitant to wear shorts or a swimsuit in the summer. Fortunately, Affiliated Dermatologists of Morristown, NJ offers a cosmetic procedure called sclerotherapy - to clear away the cobwebs, so to speak.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are stretched blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. They are so named because of their resemblance to the tangle of a spider's web. They can be red, purple, blue or a combination of colors, and typically form on the thighs and lower legs. Anyone can get spider veins, but it is known to be a hereditary condition. They are also much more common in people who have careers that require them to stand for long periods of time. Spider veins are not typically painful or harmful, but they can be a source of embarrassment when warm weather arrives and the legs are bare.
How does sclerotherapy work?
Sclerotherapy was first developed in the 1920's, and although the technology is being advanced all the time, the technique remains a time-tested standard. Your Morristown dermatologist injects a solution that collapses the affected veins. Once the vein has broken down, it will fade and become much less noticeable. The treated area may be wrapped with compression material afterwards. It may take a few weeks and several treatment sessions before the veins fade completely. This procedure requires no anesthesia or downtime.
Don't let spider veins keep you from enjoying summer fashions and activities. Call to make an appointment with one of the qualified physicians at Affiliated Dermatologists today!