Removal of Spider Veins a Common Procedure

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Summer is here, and so is the arrival of short shorts and bathing suits. However, fashion choices for warmer weather may be limited for those with spider veins. Los Angeles vein specialist Dr. Maged Mikhail offers spider vein removal in a procedure which is virtually pain-free.

Early treatment of spider veins not only eliminates existing ones but can also prevent newer ones which are in the process of forming

Spider veins can be frustrating and embarrassing, but luckily, treatment is possible. Apart from the negative effect on self esteem, spider veins can cause symptoms of itching and burning. The networks of tiny blood vessels appear as red, blue and purple lines and, if severe, they might look like a roadmap on the legs, feet, or face. The good news, said phlebologist Dr. Maged Mikhail, is the embarrassing problem can easily be fixed with a common treatment at the Los Angeles Varicose Vein Center.

Approximately half of women and 40 to 45 percent of men develop a vein disorder, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Spider veins are tiny, dilated blood vessels close to the surface of the skin and are the result of backed up blood. However, unlike varicose veins, they do not bulge through the skin surface. Spider veins can be caused by family history, aging, or hormones, especially during pregnancy.

“Fortunately, spider veins are usually harmless, but they can take an emotional toll by making a person self conscious and ashamed,” said Dr. Mikhail.

To remove spider veins, a minimally-invasive procedure known as sclerotherapy is used. By injecting a solution through an ultra-fine needle no thicker than a strand of hair into the abnormal veins, the vein shrinks and dissolves. The body will naturally absorb the treated veins and blood will flow through the adjacent, healthy veins.

“Early treatment of spider veins not only eliminates existing ones but can also prevent newer ones which are in the process of forming,” said Dr. Mikhail. “Patients have the procedure done without anesthesia in the doctor’s office and, in the majority of cases, resume their normal activities immediately afterwards.”

After the procedure, graduated compression stockings are worn for up to two weeks to help minimize the formation of blood clots until permanent closure of the injected veins. Usually, patients will need between two and four injection sessions to permanently treat the condition. Serious complications from sclerotherapy are extremely rare, and side effects are often temporary and mild such as slight soreness at injected areas.

“Sclerotherapy is an art that is dependent on the technique of the vein specialist,” said Dr. Mikhail. “To properly perform the procedure, the veins which ‘feed’ the spider veins, called reticular veins, are injected to ensure the best long-term outcome.”

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