Varicose vein are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin.
Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that are caused by faulty valves within veins that allow blood to pool. Spider veins are visible through the skin as well and are typically visible on the legs and face.
Spider vein are often the first visible signs of weak veins that may become worse with time. Over years, weakness of the connective tissue around the veins may lead to dilatation of veins resulting in the development of varicose or spider vein.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment used to eliminate small surface veins of the legs.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting sclerosing agent with a fine small needle. This formula initiates a mild inflammatory response within the veins resulting in adhesion of the vein walls preventing blood flow in these veins.
Compression stockings will need to be worn for 2-3 weeks post therapy to limit and reduce the amount of venous blood moving through these veins. Once the vein has been injected it can take between two weeks and three months for it to completely disappear. Several sessions may be required depending how many superficial veins need to be treat it.
All assessment and treatment provided by Dr EL-BAKY