Skin Problems
 
Spider and Leg Veins Treatment

1. WHAT ARE SPIDER VEINS?

Spider veins are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the face and legs. They usually pose no health hazard but may produce a dull aching in the legs after prolonged standing. Treatment is by the pulse dye laser or the LP ND YAG laser

2. WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?

Varicose veins are abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels caused by a weakening in the vein's wall. They can be harmful to a patient's health because they may be associated with the development of one or more of the following conditions: Phlebitis or inflamed tender vein; thrombosis or a clot in the vein; and venous stasis ulcers or open sores from inadequate tissue oxygen and fluid retention. Treatment is by laser treatment or sclerotherapy.

3. WHO DEVELOPS SPIDER AND VARICOSE VEINS?

The exact cause of spider and varicose veins is unknown, although heredity, pregnancy and hormonal influences are believed to be primary factors contributing to both conditions. More than 20 percent of women have some form of varicose conditions, and more women than men have varicose veins.

4. WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPHY?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for removing spider and some varicose leg veins. A specially developed chemical solution is injected with a very small needle into the spider or varicose vein. The solution causes the vein to close up or collapse and become scar tissue that is eventually absorbed by the body. The work of carrying the blood is shifted to other healthy blood vessels nearby.

Sclerotherapy generally requires multiple treatment sessions. One to three injections are usually required to effectively treat any vein. The same area should not be retreated for four to six weeks to allow for complete healing, although other areas may undergo treatment during this time.

Post-treatment therapy includes wearing bandages and support hose for two days to three weeks following treatment. Walking and moderate exercise may also help speed recovery. Although sclerotherapy works for existing spider veins, it does not prevent new ones from developing.

Most patients report few, if any minor side effects, which usually disappear in time. Temporary reactions can include a slight swelling of the leg or foot, minor bruising, itching, redness and moderate soreness.

5. HOW DOES LASER TREATMENT WORK?

The pulsed dye laser or LP Nd YAG Laser is effective for certain leg veins and spider veins as well as facial blood vessels. The heat from the high-intensity laser beam selectively destroys the abnormal veins.
 
...................................................
290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com
 
...................................................
290 Orchard Road
#11-16/20, Paragon Medical Suites
Singapore 238859
T : 6834 9159
Email: drjoyce@joycelim.com