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Unsightly varicose veins and spider veins can cause a good deal of anxiety for those who have them. While it may seem to be merely a cosmetic problem, the root of the problem is deeper. While the source of these unsightly veins is often heredity, the problem of visible veins should be treated by a highly-trained medical professional.

Dr. Sonya Merriman is known for her high quality surgical work, her compassion and care for her patients and can help you have a more attractive face or body by treating unsightly veins that mar your appearance.


Spider Veins

What are spider veins? Spider veins are small red, blue, or purple clusters of veins you can see below the surface of the skin. These are usually superficial in nature and look like tiny, web-like clusters (thus the name "spider veins"). If you live long enough, most people will see spider veins begin to appear on their legs. These visible veins are an unfortunate, but common, symptom of body aging – but can appear at any age.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are altogether different. Varicose veins are larger veins that tend to bulge on the surface of the skin. These veins run deeper than spider veins. They can cause itching, pain, cramping, and swelling. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of adults will experience varicose veins at some point in their lives.

As your heart pumps blood through your body, blood moves through your veins in one direction ultimately leading back to the heart. When the system works well, all the blood moves through your veins in the intended direction. When it does not, it causes the blood to back up in your veins. This can lead to the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins.

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What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure used to treat unwanted varicose and spider veins. Using this procedure, chemical agents known as sclerosing agents are injected into the targeted veins. These chemicals form scar tissue inside the veins and cause them to collapse, forcing the blood to find an alternative route through the body.

What Areas can be Treated with Sclerotherapy?

The most common body areas treated with sclerotherapy are the face, legs and feet.

Depending on the size and severity of the veins, sclerotherapy can be used to treat veins on the following areas:

  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Ankles
  • Feet
  • Face

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Our Plan for Resuming In-Office Patient Care

We are pleased to annouce our very soft re-opening to patients this Monday, May 4th. We are not opening to full capacity as we are closely following the recommendations of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and our numerous professional affiliations and governing boards. We will be seeing a very limited number of patients per day. The following outlines our plan and what we are doing to keep you safe.

Screening:

You will be called the day before your appointment and screened for any symptoms. Any symptoms will require rescheduling.

Upon your arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to rescheduled if over 100.0.

You must wear a mask upon entering the building and will only remove if getting a procedure done on the face. We ask that you please bring a mask to your appointment. Due to limited availability we will provide a mask to you for a charge of $5.

No one can accompany you into the office unless there are significant mobility or communication issues you need help with and in that case only one person can come with you. You may not bring children to your appointment.

Our waiting room is closed. You may enter the building to check in and gather any paperwork you may require and return to your car. You will be called when your room is ready.

Office Safety and Sanitation

Employees will also complete a daily questionnaire and have their temperature taken and will be sent home if there are any symptoms. Employees will wear personal protective equipment throughout your entire visit.

Each room and all areas that patients and employees touch including office supplies or equipment will be sanitized thoroughly between patients according to CDC guidelines.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office!

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