Return of the Spider Veins
The truth is that there isn’t a magical, risk-free procedure that will make spider veins disappear forever. First of all, there is the very real risk of pigmentation changes in the skin. This is just part of the healing process. Some people choose to have treatment done during the winter so that is easier to hide the discoloration for a few months.
It is not uncommon for spider and varicose veins to return in nearby areas after the treatment. Once you start getting them, chances are that they will multiply if you don’t treat them. You can stay on top of them through injections or light/laser treatment every few years.
If you really want to stop spider and varicose veins in their tracks, you’ll need to wear graduated compression stockings. Unfortunately very few people like wearing them because they are tight, and difficult to put on. The benefit of compression garments is that they squeeze the legs (and veins), preventing the blood from pooling in the legs. You will see significant improvements if you consistently wear your compression stockings. They will not cure existing spider veins but they will significantly impede the development of new ones.
Using a small needle, a specially formulated medical solution (called a sclerosant) is injected into visible spider or reticular veins. The sclerosing agent is generally made up of sodium tetradecyl sulfate or polidocanol. This compound will cause the vessel to swell and die. After the vein scars over, it is broken down and reabsorbed by the body. It can take up to a few weeks before improvement of the look of the spider vein cluster is noticeable.
Although the veins are quite small, the treatment of some may entail several sessions. Each case is different but generally it is necessary to treat spider veins over multiple sessions performed several weeks apart for a successful outcome.