At Tennessee Vein Center our staff is fully equipped to treat even the most complicated cases of vein disease, including stubborn spider veins. With multiple treatment modalities to choose from we are able to comprehensively treat a variety of patient concerns. We are the only Vein Center around that is able to comprehensively treat difficult spider veins with the Cutera® Excel V™ laser system or traditional sclerotherapy.
Spider veins, medically called telangiectasias, are abnormally functioning veins that appear close to the surface of the skin. Unwanted reticular veins, those larger blue or green veins, are also very common and can in many instances contribute to worsening spider veins. The legs, face, and chest are all common places where these veins occur. Treatment in most cases can safely, and efficiently eliminate those veins and improve your appearance.
How do you treat spider veins?
Unwanted veins can be treated with sclerotherapy, Veinwave™, or Cutera® Excel V™ laser. These treatments cause the unwanted veins to close down, allowing your body to dissolve the vein wall over a period of time. The type of vein being treated and your skin type are a few factors that will determine which treatment course you are the best candidate for.
Treatments are performed here in our office and take approximately 20 minutes. The number of treatments needed to treat your veins can vary and is dependent upon a number of factors including the types of veins you have, and their severity. Most patients need anywhere from 3-8 treatments to see the results they want. Perfection, while desirable, is unfortunately not realistic. Improvement, however, is always anticipated. The majority of our patients are very happy wearing shorts and bathing suits again after they have finished treatments.
Sclerotherapy is a medical technique that involves the injection of a medication, called a sclerosant, into an abnormal or unwanted vein. This sclerosant irritates the lining of the vein wall, causing it to collapse, or close down. Your body then resorbs the unwanted vein over the next several days to weeks. There are two FDA approved sclerosants that we use for the treatment of spider veins: sodium tetradecyl sulfate and polidocanol. These safe and effective medications are able to treat the unwanted veins using a series of injections.
Veinwave™ is an excellent option for treating spider veins that are too fine to be treated with injection sclerotherapy. For the face, Veinwave™ is an excellent treatment for very fine veins especially around the facial area. This FDA-cleared, radio frequency, device is relatively new in the USA, but has been used in Europe for many years.
Cutera® Excel V™ Laser
The latest addition to our treatment options is the state of art Cutera® Excel V™ is a solid-state, long-pulsed Nd-YAG technology laser system that utilizes 2 different wavelengths (532/1064nm) to treat a variety of concerns, including unwanted veins. Its versatility allows unmatched precision for the treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions including leg veins, facial veins/redness, Rosacea, Port Wine Stains, Poiklioderma, venous lakes, and age/brown spots. Treatment has never been more comfortable with the built-in cooling system. The sapphire contact cooling allows for a comfortable before, during, and after experience without compromising treatment efficacy. The Excel V™ works specifically by heating up the unwanted veins, causing them to become fibrotic and close down.
What to Expect
At your initial evaluation we will review your pertinent health history and examine your veins to determine if you are a candidate for treatment. You can expect a discussion about both treatment types, their risks and benefits, and an estimate of the cost to treat your concerns. In many instances, treatment may be scheduled within the next week.
Frequently Asked Questions
What side effects are there to treatment?
Side effects are generally mild and transient. They can include:
- Temporary bruising and swelling. We recommend Arnicare® Gel or Cream to help reduce bruising.
- Itching and inflammation during and after treatment.
- Trapped blood, or retained intravascular coagulum, is a common occurrence with treatments but can be alleviated at your next visit or will slowly dissolve with time.
- Hyperpigmentation, or hemosiderin staining, can be an unfortunate side effect of treatment. In the majority of cases it will slowly fade over the next year. In rare cases, is can be permanent.
Your legs often look worse before they start to look better. Patience is key to treatment!