4334 E. 53rd Street, Davenport, IA 52807
We treat spider veins by two methods. Laser is used for the tiniest of veins. The laser picks up the red color and the energy causes the vessel to close. Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for most spider veins and small varicose veins. We use Asclera solution which I feel has the lowest risk. The veins do look clotted and take 4-6 weeks to resorb so it is best to do before summer. Patients will also need to wear compressive hose during the recovery and refrain from exercise for a week. It is an office procedure with no down time from work.
Spider veins are the small cluster of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. It is estimated that half of all female adults have spider veins. If you want to reduce your spider veins Iowa Plastic Surgery can help. There are various effective and safe for reducing unwanted veins – the best method for you can be determined in consultation with Dr. Van Raalte. Various options are outlined below.
The legs may be treated with sclerotherapy, a procedure in which the veins are injected with a solution causing them to collapse and fade. This is considered the gold standard for treatment of spider veins. Dr. Van Raalte primarily uses two sclerosing solutions:
Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate (6 syringes for $400.00)
Commonly used agent causing destruction of the internal lining and eventual sclerosis of the vein. Occasionally it does not work, or could “leak” into the surrounding tissue and cause scabs and later scars.
Asclera® (polidocanol) (5 syringes for $500.00)
Commonly used for the smaller spider veins, it works in the same manner, by injection and injuring the vein wall. It is felt to have less pigmentation and less injury to surrounding tissue.
Another option for remedy of the tiniest of spider veins is laser treatments:
Diolite ($150.00 plus $0.50 per pulse, total cost regularly $400 – $500)
Diolite is a laser that generates an intense beam of light. This beam brings energy to a specific site, through a small handpiece. It then breaks up the pigmentation color. It can only treat the tiniest veins , that a needle cannot inject. Side effects include white spots, or failure to be successful.
Surgical Excision or ‘Stab’ excision is yet another option for treatment of small varicose veins. It involves making small surgical incisions to remove the varicose veins. The incisions are very small and thus the scars related to these are minimal.
Large Varicose Veins may be referred to a vascular surgeon to do a minor surgery where the vein is treated from inside by a laser or radiofrequency treatment to clot it. This has replaced stripping of larger veins.
Dr. Van Raalte will make recommendations as to which treatments would best work for you.