Veins are part of the circulatory system and are blood vessels that carry blood toward the heart. The function of a vein is to return blood from the tissues and organs. With the exception of the umbilical and pulmonary veins, all carry deoxygenated blood. Veins also carry other materials such as proteins throughout the body.

Spider Veins are dilated capillaries on the skin, resembling spider legs, and common among children and pregnant women.

Individuals having concerns or questions regarding the appearance of their veins should contact Dr. Jessica Krant, a NYC dermatologist, for a consultation and discussion of their concerns with an examination and recommendations regarding treatment as needed.

Spider Vein Treatment Options

Sclerotherapy

As one ages, he or she may begin to notice unsightly varicose veins and spider veins on the legs.

These problems increase as time goes on. Enlarged, bulging or dark-colored veins cause self-consciousness, especially for individuals living in warmer climates or during the warmer months as wearing bathing suits and shorts expose the legs and thighs.

Dr. Jessica Krant, board certified dermatologist, provides sclerotherapy to reduce the appearance of unsightly fine spider veins. Patients with larger or painful varicose veins are usually referred to a vascular surgeon for evaluation.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that injects chemicals into a vein to cause it to become irritated and collapse. The blood that once used the vein for transport is rerouted to other veins, and the collapsed vein is reabsorbed into nearby tissues. The vein gradually fades over a few weeks, leaving an improved appearance.

Who Is A Candidate For Sclerotherapy?

Dr. Krant will meet with you and a complete medical history will be obtained to determine whether you would be a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Since this treatment involves irritation of the vessel wall, people with certain health conditions or medical histories are not good candidates.

Dr. Krant will advise you whether sclerotherapy is the best choice for you. If sclerotherapy is not an option, laser treatment may work instead.

The Sclerotherapy Procedure

Sclerotherapy is performed by Dr. Krant at her NYC office without anesthesia and is performed in 20 minute sessions.

The area is initially thoroughly cleansed and a fine needle containing a special solution is injected into the vein. Patients report only feeling a stinging sensation during the injection.

After injection, the area is compressed to allow the treatment to begin to work. Patients can return to normal daily activities after the treatment; however, you will be advised to wear compression stockings for several weeks.

Results of Sclerotherapy

The fading and re-absorption of the vein tissue will continue for several weeks following treatment. Generally, in three to six weeks, you will see improvement in the appearance of the veins, although more severely affected areas may require additional treatment.

Vascular Laser

Irregular blood vessel formations or angiomas are common vascular abnormalities that can be addressed with specialized laser treatment. The most commonly affected areas are the neck, face, chest and lower extremities including the feet, ankles or legs.

The Cutera Excel Laser effectively and safely treats small to medium unwanted vessels of the face or legs. The device’s technology allows for independent control of fluency, pulse duration and repetition rates enabling the treatment parameters to be tailored to a patient’s needs for maximum safety and effectiveness.

If you have unsightly veins and would like to restore the pleasing appearance of these areas, contact Dr. Jessica Krant, board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon for a consultation. Dr. Krant utilizes the most technologically advanced and cutting-edge methods.

The Vascular Laser Procedure

Laser light penetrates the outer layers of skin reaching the blood vessels below. Targeted blood vessels soak up all of the energy in the beam and are destroyed by the brief but intense heat. The body removes the damaged tissue naturally and the resulting bruise fades normally.

The Vascular Laser produces two sensations at the same time, a “snapping rubber band” sensation and “cool wet spray” sensation. No anesthesia is required and the procedure only takes 15 minutes. Some patients, especially patients with rosacea, will experience a mild sunburn sensation but this is temporary. The average number of treatments needed to achieve optimal results is one to three sessions.

What should I expect?

Generally no anesthesia is required but there is some discomfort. Some bruising and swelling may occur after IPL or PDL treatment, and small scabs and swelling may arise after copper bromide laser treatment.

Some people take a couple of days off work, but most people don’t think the unsightliness is too bad. It is quite safe to apply makeup to disguise the bruising or scabbing, if any occurs. Any down-time is generally worth it since the results are mostly excellent.

Vascular Laser Recovery

Recovery after a Vascular Laser treatment will depend on the area being treated. Dr. Krant will discuss this with you during your consultation. Some patients with rosacea can be treated with minimal recovery. Other patients will be advised that there will be bruising for one week. Make-up can be applied after this laser treatment. Patients will also be advised to avoid sun exposure during the recovery period.