Is There More Than One Type of Vein That Can Cause Discomfort?
There are two types of veins that are common with nearly half of all adults. Varicose and spider veins usually develop in the legs and feet and can be unsightly, as well as uncomfortable. Varicose veins are larger, blue in color, protrude from the skin and can look twisted. Spider veins are smaller and remain close to the surface. They usually have jagged, non-uniformed lines.
What Symptoms are Common When Considering Vein Treatment?
- Bulging Varicose Veins
- Spider Veins
- Leg Discomfort
- Fatigue and Swelling
- Heaviness in the legs
- Skin discoloration around the ankle area
What Vein Treatments are Available?
Our team in North Bethesda prides itself on offering a variety of safe and effective options which include:
- Laser therapy
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for treating unsightly “spider veins” – tiny purple and red veins on the surface of the skin. They are not considered a medical issue, but many patients seek treatment to eradicate them in order to enhance the aesthetic appearance of their legs.
Does It Hurt?
Most patients report minimal discomfort. We use a micro-needle to administer the medicine into the vein, allowing your body to gradually absorb these small spider veins. Some areas of the legs may be more sensitive, and a stinging sensation may briefly occur. We strive to make your treatment as comfortable as we can.
Is There Any Downtime?
You may resume your normal activity except that you should avoid strenuous workouts for 24 hours. You may have temporary bruising after the treatment as well as mild itching. We recommend compression hose for 24 hours after treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Spider veins generally need to be treated multiple times before they fully disappear. You may notice fading after one treatment, but the process is most notable after additional treatments and may take several weeks to completely absorb. Patients who have a genetic predisposition to spider veins will likely need maintenance touch ups every year or two. We will assess your veins and develop a treatment plan specifically for your needs.
Am I a Good Candidate for Spider Vein Treatment?
Spider veins are less troublesome from a pain standpoint, but they may bother you cosmetically. If this is the case, you may be a good candidate for spider vein treatment.
What Should I Expect from a Vein Treatment?
The vein treatments we provide in Washington, D.C. are all relatively pain-free. After treatment, you may resume normal activities and return to work immediately. Occasionally we may recommend compression stockings for 24 hours as well as exercise avoidance. You may need multiple treatments.
Are There Any Risks?
All vein treatments are performed at our state-of-the-art facility just outside of Washington, D.C. in a sterile environment. The risk of developing an infection is extremely low. To further reduce the risk, you should refrain from soaking in pools, hot tubs, or even your own bathtub for at least seven to ten days. You can shower 24 hours post-treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects I Should Consider with Vein Treatment?
Mild swelling, redness, and bruising around the treated area can be common after a treatment. These will resolve in a short period of time. Arnica tablets and cream will help with these symptoms.