Patients from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area who have spider veins or varicose veins can have sclerotherapy treatments at Glendale Dermatology to reduce the appearance of these unsightly veins.
Spider veins are tiny blue, red, or purple veins that develop close to the surface of the skin. They get their name from their spider web-like appearance as they spread across the skin. Closely related to varicose veins, spider veins can appear on the legs, although they can appear anywhere on the body. They are typically caused by poor circulation that causes blood to pool in the veins. People who spend a lot of time on their feet or are overweight are more likely to develop spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a very effective treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical solution directly into the vein. The chemical causes the vein to die and close off, eventually being reabsorbed into the body. The body’s circulatory system reroutes the blood to healthy and active veins. Sclerotherapy has been in use since the 1940s and is considered to be very safe as well as effective.
A sclerotherapy appointment takes approximately 30 minutes. Multiple sessions are recommended to achieve the best possible results. The providers at Glendale Dermatology use Asclera, an FDA-approved sclerosant that can be used on a wide range of vessel sizes with excellent results. Following treatment, patients are should wear compression garments to further the effectiveness of the treatment and to prevent more blood from pooling. In fact, people who spend a lot of time on their feet may benefit from wearing compression socks or stockings regularly. The additional pressure aids circulation and can help to prevent spider veins and varicose veins from forming.
Sclerotherapy is not billable to insurance and is considered a cosmetic treatment. It is not the same as varicose vein treatment. If you are not sure what type of veins you have, please schedule a consultation with one of the providers at Glendale Dermatology for a personal assessment.
At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.
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