Do you have blue or bulging veins that are visible through the skin? Restore a youthful, smooth appearance with Vein Reduction at Clayton Plastic Surgery.
Spider veins and varicose veins can form anywhere on the body, creating embarrassment and an aged appearance. We offer the most advanced and effective vein reduction treatments including sclerotherapy injections and laser therapy. Our treatments are effective at reducing the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins. The treatment best suited for your individual case will be determined by Dr. Clayton during a consultation examination.
What Causes Spider Veins? Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins are a result of weakened vein valves. Pressure or strain can wear down the vein walls and valves. Eventually, the valves no longer open and close as they normally do. Instead of the vein sending the blood through the body as intended, the blood travels back and sits in the vein. The vein walls may become collapsed or twisted, trapping the blood, which is now visible as a spider or varicose vein.
Spider veins and varicose veins most commonly form on the legs, behind the knees, on the calves, or around the feet and ankles. They can form almost anywhere on the body, including the face and hands.
Unfortunately, spider veins and varicose veins are highly common. Both men and women can develop unsightly veins, at any age. Extended periods of sitting or standing, genetics, and hormonal changes all increase the likelihood of varicose veins.
Varicose and spider veins are not only jarring in appearance, they can also be uncomfortable. Varicose veins can make the legs sore and heavy. The skin above the vein may bulge, become dry or develop a rash. If varicose veins reach a certain size and severity, they may also create a space for blood clots to form.
Patients who are experiencing inflammation or pain in their veins may have developed a blood clot and are advised to reach out to their doctor for an assessment.
About Vein Reduction
Vein Reduction at Clayton Plastic Surgery will help you bare your skin again with confidence. We offer two forms of Vein Reduction: Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Therapy. We address our patients’ spider and varicose veins most often with Sclerotherapy.
The treatment is customized to the needs of each case.
Sclerotherapy eliminates varicose and spider veins with targeted injections. The ingredients and concentration of the injection will be customized to address the different types of veins. Dr. Clayton will also assess your current health and health history to determine what injection solution, or sclerosant, will be right for you.
A sclerotherapy injection will safely collapse the vein and redirect the blood. The vein will be re-absorbed into the body. Some veins may take two to three treatments to dissolve, while others will vanish completely after a single injection.
The procedure can be completed in under an hour, depending on the number of veins the patient would like to address.
Sclerotherapy is an effective, quick way to address visible veins.
Laser therapy applies targeted laser energy to break down the spider or varicose vein. This treatment is most effective for smaller veins. The light energy targets the pigment created by the vein. The procedure can be completed in 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of veins that will be addressed. The treatment is non-invasive and no downtime is required after, though rigorous exercise should be avoided for 7-10 days.
While both treatments are effective, Dr. Clayton finds that Sclerotherapy produces the best result for his patients. We are happy to work with you during your private consultation to determine what vein reduction method will be best for you.
Benefits of Vein Reduction
- Restore a youthful appearance of the skin
- Address veins before they become health concerns
- Wear shorts and skirts again with confidence
- Quick, effective treatment
- Minimal to no downtime after vein reduction
- Long-lasting results in one to three sessions, depending on the size of the vein
Do you have thin, blue, spider-web-like veins that are visible through the skin? Have you developed larger, bulging veins that are sore or unsightly? If you have spider or varicose veins on your legs, ankles, arms, face, hips, or anywhere else on your body, you are a good candidate for vein reduction.
Varicose and spider veins can occur at any age. We perform vein reduction on candidates from their mid twenties into their sixties. Ideal candidates for vein reduction are in overall good health and have realistic expectations for the outcomes achievable.
You will not be able to receive vein reduction if you:
- Are breastfeeding or gave birth within the last three months
- You have a history of blood clots
You will receive a private consultation to determine your candidacy for vein reduction therapy. If Dr. Clayton is not sure about the health of a particular vein, he may request you undergo ultrasound imaging prior to your treatment.
During your private consultation, Dr. Clayton will examine your veins to assess what form of vein therapy will be best for your case. If you have any questions about vein therapy, Dr. Clayton will be happy to answer them at this time. Candidates will be asked to go over their health history and medication use to help Dr. Clayton determine the vein reduction method that will be most appropriate to them. Please disclose any pre-existing conditions at this time.
Dr. Clayton will work with you to customize a treatment plan to address your presenting spider and varicose veins in the safest, most effective way possible. To learn more about vein reduction, we invite you to schedule an informative consultation with Dr. Clayton today.
Vein Reduction at Clayton Plastic Surgery
The type of vein reduction a patient receives will depend on the health limitations and personal preference of the individual.
During vein reduction with Sclerotherapy, a customized saline solution will be injected into the compromised veins. The contents of the saline will be adjusted based on the size of the vein, the type of vein, and the health needs of the patient. Smaller spider veins will be treated with a weaker form of the solution, while a mixture of carbon dioxide foam and saline may be used to treat large varicose veins. No anesthesia is required. Some patients feel brief pinching or burning at the injection site, while others experience no discomfort at all.
Sclerotherapy is usually completed in under an hour. Some veins will vanish right away, while others may take a few weeks to be absorbed by the body. It is not unusual for larger veins to require two to three vein reduction sessions before they are addressed completely.
Patients who receive laser therapy will receive a topical numbing cream to keep them comfortable during their treatment. You will also receive protective eyewear.
Dr. Clayton will use a safe, FDA-approved laser system to break down the unwanted spider veins and varicose veins. The light energy identifies and targets the blue of the vein and causes the vein to collapse without affecting the surrounding tissue.
Laser vein reduction can take between 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the case. The veins will break down within two to six weeks of the treatment. Patients can receive subsequent laser treatments to address veins that do not respond to the initial treatment. Most veins respond within two to three sessions.
After your vein reduction therapy with Sclerotherapy, we recommend that you:
- Walk around. No resting is required!
- Wear compression socks/stockings for 2 months
- Avoid sun exposure for 2-4 weeks
- Avoid rigorous exercise for 2-4 weeks
Bruising, swelling, and inflammation can occur at the injection sites, but this is normal. Bruising will be improved within two weeks. Patients can take ibuprofen or Tylenol to relieve any post-procedure discomfort. Activity should be light for the first 48 hours.
It is very important to disclose all pre-existing conditions to guarantee that you can receive sclerotherapy safely. If you develop shortness of breath, dizziness, or chest pains after your sclerotherapy, seek medical treatment right away.
There is no recovery required after laser vein reduction. Patients who receive laser therapy may experience redness at their treatment sites following their vein reduction, but this condition will improve over the weeks after treatment. The veins will break down within 2-6 weeks following the laser treatment.
Your treated veins will be eliminated or lessened within two months of your sclerotherapy. After 2-3 injection sessions, you will see your vein vanish completely. Your skin will be restored to a smooth, clear appearance.
Results of laser vein removal will be evident after six weeks.
Sclerotherapy and laser vein reduction are FDA-approved solutions for varicose and spider veins. It is important to receive vein therapy from a board-certified medical professional in order to guarantee your procedure is as safe as possible. You may be asked to receive an ultrasound examination to determine if any questionable veins may produce blood clots that could be released during the procedure. Your provider will tailor your vein reduction to your health in order to avoid any potential risks.
Yes, once a varicose vein or spider vein is fully treated, it should not return. Larger veins typically require 2 to 3 treatment sessions to eliminate. New varicose veins and spider veins can unfortunately form at any time in the future. If you are prone to developing spider or varicose veins, you can reduce the likelihood of developing compromised veins by wearing compression socks, taking breaks from sitting or standing too long, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and elevating your legs whenever possible.
The price of a vein reduction treatment will depend on the details of the individualized treatment plan. The number and type of veins that you would like to address and the type of treatment chosen will impact the procedure pricing. Once you customize a treatment plan during your private consultation at Clayton Plastic Surgery, you will receive a cost breakdown that is appropriate for your specific treatment.