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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.
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.
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: