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There is a treatment for those pesky red, blue and purple veins that show up on your legs and other parts of your body. Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS, offers sclerotherapy to residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Maria, and other nearby neighborhoods in California.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles. They may become noticeable at a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later.

A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight fluctuation

There are effective, safe and relatively painless methods available for reducing spider veins.

How Are Spider Veins Treated?

The common method of treating spider veins in the legs and ankles is called sclerotherapy.
During treatment, a sclerosing solution is injected into the affected veins. The injection irritates the inside of the vein, and over time the vein will collapse and fade from view.

If you have multiple spider veins, the treatment will require multiple injections to collapse all the veins.
Bright light and magnification may be used to ensure maximum precision while injecting the sclerosing solution.

Spider veins may also be treated with a laser. In this method, an intense beam of light is directed at the spider vein, which obliterates it through the skin. More than one laser session may be needed to obtain the desired results. Sometimes, laser therapy is used in combination with sclerotherapy.

What Is The Recovery After Sclerotherapy?

The treated sites will appear bruised and you may feel some cramping in your legs for the first day or two after treatment. This discomfort is temporary and usually doesn’t require prescription medication.
Although every patient heals at a different rate, most are back to normal activities quickly.

You can expect that your spider vein treatment recovery will follow this general time line:

Within the first week

  • You may be instructed to wear support stockings for three to six weeks
  • You should avoid squatting, heavy lifting and running
  • The tape, cotton balls or any other dressings (if used) will be removed from the treated areas when recommended by the plastic surgeon
  • The treated sites will appear bruised
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two
  • You will be encouraged to walk

Within one month

  • The bruises at the treated sites will diminish
  • You will begin to feel more comfortable wearing leg-baring fashions
  • You can resume most exercise
  • One month after the first treatment, spider veins are distinctly lighter, yet still somewhat visible
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two

After two months, your vein treatment should have completed its healing. At this point, you and your plastic surgeon will decide if any additional treatment is necessary.

What Is The Cost of Sclerotherapy in Santa Barbara?

Sclerotherapy costs can vary based on a variety of factors. We discuss the cost of sclerotherapy during a consultation with Dr. Yegiyants along with our payment and financing options through Alphaeon® and CareCredit®.

Learn more about sclerotherapy treatment in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Santa Maria, by contacting Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS, to schedule your consultation.