For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more-serious problems. Spider veins appear as small red, blue or purple veins & commonly form on the surface of the thighs, calves and ankles. While spider veins usually occur in the legs and lower limbs, there are situations where fine veins in the face and nose area become thickened, enlarged and darker in appearance. Some cases of spider veins - especially those of that develop from deeper "reticular" or feeder veins, come with a burning sensation or a dull, throbbing pain.
For spider veins, a specialist will target the affected veins with Sclerotherapy or laser.
During: Treatment usually takes only an hour or less, and is done as an outpatient procedure. During treatment, you will lie comfortably on your back with your legs elevated. Your doctor will use a tiny needle to inject a special solution directly into problem veins. Your doctor may use an ultrasound device to guide the procedure. The injected solution will cause the vein to close, and eventually disappear.
After: After resting for a few minutes, you can get up and walk around. Your doctor may recommend that you wear compression stockings for a few weeks. Most people can resume normal activities on the same day after sclerotherapy treatment.