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Spider veins

So-called “spider veins” are referred to by medical experts as “telangiectasias.” This harmless vascular disease bothers some patients, who may then seek ways to get rid of this aesthetically displeasing sight. The situation can almost always be significantly improved by sclerotherapy treatment. However, because spider veins are also often the result of a hereditary predisposition and such treatments do not eradicate this disposition, spider veins may reappear in some patients after a period.

Sclerotherapy

We puncture the spider veins using extremely fine needles, with which we inject a minute amount of a sclerosing agent, i.e., aethoxysklerol, into the vein.

The effect of the sclerosing agent can be best described as a “bonding” of the vein walls from the inside, so that the unsightly fissures, or spider veins, are no longer visible after treatment and healing.

The mechanical pressure from swabs, which, after sclerosing, are pressed on the puncture site and wrapped with compression bandage, is intensified and further strengthened through the bonding effect.

To ensure that the treatment is effective, the bandage should be left on for at least 24 hours and only thereafter removed by the patient. Normally, patients can carry on with their regular activities immediately after treatment; unusual strains (e.g., leg lifts with weights, jogging or longer periods of dancing and standing, etc.) should be avoided.

Laser treatments

Complications

Complications from spider vein treatments are very rare and usually harmless. When the bandages are removed, some bruising may still be present. However, this will gradually disappear entirely; depending on the patient’s individual predisposition, this process can take up to several weeks.

Some patients with individual hypersensitivity complain that the sclerosized spider veins turn brown. However, such rare reactions also disappear, though this may take up to six months.

In rare cases, some patients can have allergic reactions to the sclerosing agent; a more frequent reaction is intolerance to the wrapping, which, although unpleasant, is harmless and disappears quickly once the bandage has been removed.