Spider Veins in Akron, OH
Spider veins can appear on the legs due to excessive weight gain, hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging. Don’t let these unsightly veins get the best of you. Instead, trust your care to Dr. Steven Carp of Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green and Beachwood, OH. Patients from throughout the Akron, Cleveland and Canton areas can all achieve amazing results by contacting these clinics.
Millions of women are forced to deal with spider veins. Spider veins are tiny clusters of blue, purple, or red veins that are seen on the calves, thighs, and ankles. It has been estimated that around half of adult females around the world experience this issue.
Dr. Carp treats spider veins using a procedure called sclerotherapy. During this simple procedure, a special solution is injected into the veins. This solution causes the veins to collapse so that they are no longer visible. This procedure can also eliminate other symptoms that are commonly associated with spider veins such as swelling, night cramps, burning, and aching.
Sclerotherapy has become popular in the United States during the past 10 years, but it has been used in Europe to treat spider veins for more than 50 years. The solution put into the veins is mild, which means that it is relatively painless.
If you would like to improve the appearance of your thighs, calves, and ankles using sclerotherapy, the information we have prepared will help you to learn more about the procedure. We will show you how it can help, how it is administered, and what to expect after this the procedure has been completed. Even though we will not be able to answer all the questions you have, you can feel free to talk to Dr. Carp for further information.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small veins that are located near the skin’s surface. These small veins are not an essential part of the venous system, even though they are connected to it. They are also known as sunburst varicosities or telangiectasias.
A variety of issues can cause spider veins to develop. These things include pregnancy, heredity, hormonal shifts, activities or jobs that require a person to stand or sit for long periods of time, weight gain, and taking certain medications.
There are three basic patterns that spider veins usually follow. First, they may take the shape of a spider, having a dark center point and legs that radiate out from it. Second, they may be arborizing, resembling small branch-like shapes. Finally, they may appear in separate thin lines. These linear spider veins are normally found on the inner knee. It is common for arborizing spider veins to appear on the outer thighs, and they are usually in a cartwheel or sunburst distribution.
Spider veins are different than varicose veins. Varicose veins are usually large (about a quarter inch in diameter) and may also bulge or be a very dark color. They also cause a person to experience pain and may result from a serious vein disorder. There are some people who respond well to sclerotherapy for treating varicose veins. Most of the time, surgery is needed to treat varicose veins.
The Best Candidates for Sclerotherapy
Those who are the best candidates for sclerotherapy are usually between 30 to 60 years old. However, people of all ages can benefit from it. There are some who experience spider veins when they are in their teens. For others, they may not become obvious until they are in their 40s.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers may be advised to have this procedure performed at a later time. It is common for spider veins that appear during pregnancy to disappear on their own after the baby is born. Also, it is not known how sclerotherapy affects breast milk, so mothers who are nursing should wait until they stop breastfeeding to have the procedure.
It is not as common for men to have spider veins as it is for women. Usually, men do not consider spider veins to be an issue because they are hidden by hair that grows on their legs. However, for men who opt for sclerotherapy, this treatment is effective.
What to Expect from Sclerotherapy
Even though sclerotherapy can improve the way you look and also boost your self-confidence, it is not realistic to think that all of the affected veins will completely disappear after the procedure. After each session, the veins are going to appear lighter. Normally, at least two treatments are needed to get the best results.
It is important to know that sclerotherapy can only treat veins that are visible now. It will not help to prevent new spider veins from becoming visible later on. Before you use this treatment, speak with Dr. Carp about your expectations.
Planning Your Sclerotherapy Treatment
During your first consultation, Dr. Carp will examine your legs. He may draw some sketches, indicating where spider veins are present. During this examination, he will look for more serious vein issues. Some vein problems may be indicated by skin changes, sores, or swelling near the ankle. He may use an ultrasound device to detect any backflow that may be present in deeper veins.
You may be referred to a specialist if Dr. Carp notices that there are serious problems. It is important to treat problems with larger veins before treating surface veins.
Dr. Carp will also ask about other problems that you may experience in your legs, such as itching, tenderness, aching, or pain. He will go over your entire medical history, and ask about any health issues you may have that may disqualify you from having treatment. People who have AIDS, hepatitis, blood-borne diseases, heart conditions, diabetes, and circulatory problems may not qualify for sclerotherapy.
It is important for you to be honest when speaking with Dr. Carp. Tell him about your medical history and your expectations for treatment. Ask as many questions as needed. During the consultation, Dr. Carp will explain the full procedure, its benefits, how long it takes to recover, and how much it will cost. Most of the time, insurance will not cover this treatment.
Preparing for Sclerotherapy
Dr. Carp will give you full instructions on preparing for this treatment. It is important for you to carefully follow these instructions. You will be advised against using any type of lotion, including oil or sunblock, on your legs. Bring a pair of shorts to wear during the procedure. You’ll also need support hose prescribed by a doctor and pants that you can wear when you go home.
After the procedure, your legs will be slightly discolored or bruised. This will last for a couple of weeks. It usually takes a little bit of time before you will feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit, short skirt, or shorts.
The Sclerotherapy Procedure
Normally, sclerotherapy sessions are around 15 to 45 minutes. After you change into your shorts, we will likely take pictures of your legs. You will then lie down on the examining table. The skin that will be treated will be cleansed with an antiseptic cleaner. Dr. Carp will then inject the sclerosing solution into the veins that need treatment. Magnification and bright lights will enable him to do the treatment correctly.
About one injection is given for every inch of vein treated. Between five and 40 injections may be used during each session. After the treatment, a cotton ball will be used to cover the area, and medical tape will be applied to hold it in place.
While the procedure is going on, you can read a book, listen to something you brought along, or talk with the doctor. You will be asked to change positions as needed. It is likely that you will feel the small needle pricking your skin as well as a bit of a burning sensation. The needles that are used are very small. Also, the solution injected into the veins is mild. It is unlikely that you will experience much discomfort.
After Your Sclerotherapy Treatment
You may need to wear support hose that has been prescribed by Dr. Carp to discourage blood clots from forming. The cotton balls and medical tape that were applied can be taken off about 48 hours after the procedure. You may need the prescribed support hose for several days.
Some individuals experience cramping in their legs during the 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. This usually does not require medication, and will go away on its own.
It is important for you to understand that your veins are going to look worse before they improve. You will see some bruising and red spots where the treatment took place, but they will go away in a few weeks. Some brown colored pigmentation may exist, and this can take up to 12 months to fade away.
How Much Does Treatment for Spider Veins Cost?
Sclerotherapy is considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. To help make sclerotherapy affordable and accessible for everyone, Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center offers financing options. We also accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards.
Getting Back to Normal
You will not require a lot of downtime after treatment. However, it is important to prevent blood clots from forming. The best way to do this is by walking around. Also, you should avoid staying in one position for a long period of time, or performing heavy lifting and strenuous exercises.
You will have to wait at least 30 days before you can receive more treatments. After several treatments, you will notice that your legs begin to improve in their appearance.
You can wear bathing suits and short skirts with confidence when you allow Dr. Steven Carp to perform spider vein treatment on your legs. Patients in Akron, Cleveland and Canton can contact Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green or Beachwood, OH now to find out more.