Spider Vein FAQ

Why do I have spider veins?
Spider veins occur in up to 80% of the population. Spider veins are the result of high venous pressure in the skin circulation. This is not high blood pressure but, elevated vein pressure secondary to non functioning valves at some location. They may be the result of genetics, pregnancy, deeper venous reflux, or trauma.
What is the best treatment for spider veins?
The treatment varies according to the size and the cause of the spider veins. In most cases sclerotherapy is always needed and other therapies can be added to improve the treatment. Examples of other modalities are ohmic thermolysis, laser, and micro-surgical techniques.
Can I exercise after treatment?
If you exercise, you should not wear tight shorts or do exercise that increases venous pressure such as leg presses, etc..
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy refers to the injection of a solution into the vein to cause eventual internal scarring of the vein. Sclerotherapy has been used for years and both large and small veins can be treated. After injection, it may take a few weeks for the vein to go away or repeated injections may be needed.
Will my spider veins that are treated come back?
If the source of the spider veins is identified and treated, then there is a good chance that the veins will not come back. However, you can always form new veins in a different location.
Do I have to wear compression stockings after my treatment?
Some studies have shown that wearing stockings provides comfort and may speed resolution of the treated veins. However, all doctors do not agree with this.
Is spider vein treatment painful?
There is minor discomfort with all forms of treatment. Sometimes doctors cool the skin with ice, cooling air or a cooling spray to minimize discomfort. Most patients tolerate the procedure very well without skin cooling.
Can I go back to work after treatment?
Yes
What can I use after treatment to help with healing?
Look for an all natural product which can help soothe the skin and promote healing. Dermaka is an all natural plant based product that decreases bruising and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Varicose Vein FAQ

Why do I have varicose veins?
All varicose veins occur because the venous valve does not function as it should. In the standing position, blood flows the wrong way. Gradually, these areas around the valve dilate and the veins become visible. Why valves do not work right is really unknown. Hereditary plays a big factor, as well as pregnancy.
Will I be able to exercise normally after I have my varicose veins removed?
You will be able to walk but, will be sore for a few days. It is recommended that patients rest the day of surgery and take it easy on day 2. It is also advided that patients wait at least one week for vigorous exercise such as leg presses, running 2 miles, etc…
How long does it take for my leg to heal after treatment?
You may have some discomfort and bruising. Taking NSAIDS, using a post treatment cream and wearing compression stockings will help minimize redness, discomfort & bruising.
Do I need to elevate my leg after treatment?
It is often recommended to elevate your leg the day of the procedure. Lying in a recliner chair or elevating your legs on a couch is fine.
Should I wear compression stockings after treatment?
Often patients will wear compression stockings for a few days after the procedure. You wear the stockings during the day only. You do not have to sleep in your stockings. Some patients wear stockings for a few days and others wear their stockings for a week.
How long will my results last?
It all varies but, the results should be good. You may develop new veins but, usually they are less severe than what you originally had.