Spider & Varicose Veins

Undesired visible spider / varicose veins are treatable via various methods at Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute of Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV.

“Spider” veins (telangiectasias) are dilated, visible small blood vessels in the skin or near the surface, while varicose veins are larger variants, usually located variably below the skin surface in the fatty layer. Most commonly, spider veins occur on the face and legs. Spider veins pose no health risk, however, they may produce a dull aching in the legs with prolonged standing and indicate more severe venous disease.

Varicose veins may be associated with other conditions:

  • phlebitis (an inflamed, tender vein),
  • thrombosis (a blood clot in a vein),
  • and/or venous stasis rash and/or ulcer (an open, poorly healing sore).

Exact cause is unknown, however, heredity, pregnancy and hormonal influences are thought to be the primary contributing factors for both spider and varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy, pioneered by Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgeons, is the gold standard for removal of spider and some varicose leg veins. A concentrated saline or other chemical solution is injected using a a very tiny needle directly into the spider and/or varicose veins. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to close and become replaced by invisible scar tissue, which is eventually absorbed. The movement of blood is re-routed to nearby, redundant, healthy blood vessels.

Foam Sclerotherapy uses a foam formulation, usually made with FDA-approved Asclera (Polidocanol) or other similar sclerosants. Foam sclerotherapy may be more effective than liquid sclerosants for larger varicose veins and Asclera may be less painful than other sclerosants. Strimling Dermatology offers both foam and liquid saline sclerotherapy.

Usually, 1-3 or more treatment sessions are required at monthly intervals. After treatment, support hose for 2-3 days or longer is recommended. Walking and moderate exercise may speed recovery.

Periodic treatment of new blood vessels may be necessary, as sclerotherapy does not prevent new spider or varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy is safe, effective and can be performed any time of the year. Side effects / risks are very infrequent, usually self-limited and not dangerous.

Alternative therapies include Ambulatory Phlebectomy and various Lasers or Intense Pulsed Light (aka Broad Band Light) .

Ambulatory phlebectomy is the surgical removal of undesired veins through a series of tiny incisions, that leave small, but slightly visible scars.

We usually treat face veins with electrosurgery &/or Broad Band Light (BBL).

Certain varicose veins, in particular the Greater & Lesser Saphenous Veins are usually best treated by intravascular laser or radiofrequency ablation, another procedure pioneered by Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgeons.

For more information about Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment, please visit www.asds.net/SpiderAndVaricoseVeinTreatmentInformation.aspx

At Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute of Summerlin, Las Vegas, injection sclerotherapy / spider / varicose veins elimination / removal is one of the most commonly requested and performed procedures by our board certified Dermatologists, Drs. Strimling and Handler. With over 40 years combined experience, our Dermatologists are among the most experienced Cosmetic Physicians / Dermatologists in Las Vegas. Our dermatologists have been voted or selected among the “Best Dermatologists” in Las Vegas and America multiple years. Also, our Dr. Strimling has been selected an “Award Winning Cosmetic Surgeon” multiple years.

Contact Us at (702) 243-6400

to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Robert Strimling, MD of Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute of Summerlin, Las Vegas.

Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute of Summerlin, Las Vegas treats patients from all over the Clark County valley, including Henderson, Green Valley, Anthem, North Las Vegas, Boulder City as well as Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada and the rest of the southwest. We have also seen patients from all over the country and world.

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