Small varicose veins called “spider veins” can be treated with either Sclerotherapy or laser. The choice depends on the veins and will be discussed with your dermatologist. Spider veins are small clusters of red, blue veins on the thighs, calves and ankles. A number of factors contribute to their development including heredity, pregnancy, weight gain, occupation or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing. Varicose veins are different: they are larger, darker in colour, bulge, and usually require surgical treatment.

Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure where the spider veins are injected with a sclerosing solution. This causes the veins to collapse and fade from view. The sclerosant used in Sclerotherapy is a concentrated glucose and saline solution. No reported allergic reactions have been documented.

Sclerotherapy will decrease the spider veins; it will not cause complete removal. Several treatments done monthly are necessary. After treat- ments swelling and bruising are common, but resolve over several weeks. Complications, though uncommon, include irregular brown pigmentation around the injection site that will take a few months to fade.

The Bay Dermatology Centre is first and foremost a medical dermatology clinic. We do offer several aesthetic services, however, which can aid prescribed medical therapies for various skin diseases and photo-damaged skin.

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