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New Orleans Spider Veins – A Vein Doctor Answers the Question, “Do Spider Vein Treatments Work for

Unlike varicose veins, which appear mainly on the legs and can become quite large and ropy, spider veins are smaller veins and capillaries near the surface of the skin that appear on the legs, thighs, ankles, neck, face, and arms. The discolored veins often appear in a web-like pattern (thus the name), and the enlarged veins themselves may be either blue or red.The risk factors that lead to New Orleans spider veins are the same as for varicose veins – age, gender, and a family history of vein disease – but they may also be directly caused by hormonal changes, overexposure to the sun, injury and trauma, or the same reflux backup of blood flow (chronic venous insufficiency) that causes varicose veins. Unlike varicose veins, which may cause many painful and even debilitating side effects, spider veins are primarily viewed as a cosmetic problem.

Spider veins can be effectively treated wherever they appear on the body

Whether they appear on your legs, neck, arms or elsewhere, the treatment used by spider vein experts in Covington, LA to remove spider veins is equally safe, painless, and effective. The most common treatment that we use at La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center is a minimally-invasive procedure called sclerotherapy. This treatment is performed in the comfort of our Northshore offices as an outpatient procedure, and takes only about an hour, depending on the surface area of the skin being treated and the number of veins being removed. If you have a great number of spider veins, multiple treatment sessions may be needed.

Sclerotherapy treatment is permanent, meaning that once they are removed, the spider veins don’t ever “grow back.” There is a possibility that new spider veins may form in the future, but our New Orleans vein specialists work with patients to provide tips on diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices to keep this from happening.

So how does sclerotherapy work to remove my spider veins?

The procedure is basically the same, whether the spider veins to be removed are on your legs, neck, or arms. You relax in a comfortable reclining chair or on a table while the doctor inserts a tiny needle (thinner than the one used to give you a flu shot) directly into the swollen veins. This process is so painless that most patients don’t even ask for a local anesthetic, but naturally one is available for those who are very sensitive to even minor pain.

Using ultrasound to guide the needle into place, the doctor then injects a medical grade chemical called a sclerosant directly into the vein. This chemical (usually Sotradecol® or Polidocanol®) causes the walls of the vein to become sticky and adhere to each other, which in turn causes the vein to collapse upon itself and, within a few days, close completely. Over the next few weeks, the now-closed vein dissolves and is absorbed by surrounding tissue, while blood flow is diverted to other healthier veins in the area.

So how do I find out more about spider vein treatment?

If you have spider veins, the best way to get started on the path to eliminating them is to call some of the best vein doctors in Louisiana to arrange for an initial consultation. In that first appointment he will ask you questions about your own medical history and that of your family, and will perform a full physical examination to determine the extent of your vein disease – we want to make sure that you don’t also have more serious “hidden” problems like deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Then, based on our findings, we will explain the applicable treatment options to you, and help you to choose which are best to help your skin regain a more youthful, healthier appearance.

Learn more about latest Q&A with our vein care specialist on Spider Vein Treatment – Part 2

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