Sclerotherapy (injections) can be used to treat both varicose and spider veins.
In sclerotherapy tiny needles inject the vein with a medication that irritates the lining of the vein. Over a short time in response to this irritation the vein closes and is reabsorbed. The blood from the now closed vein is routed to other veins. Sclerotherapy works well with vessels in the "early" stage of disease.
You may need one to several sclerotherapy treatments for any vein region. The number of injections varies from treatment to treatment. Generally, normal activities may be resumed after sclerotherapy. Medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages may need to be worn for one or more weeks following treatment to help assist in the resolution of the veins. Bruising and pigmentation changes may occur after sclerotherapy. Bruising usually resolves within 1-2 weeks. If pigmentation occurs, it usually fades but may last for several months...
Laser Treatment is used primarily in the treatment of the smallest spider veins or broken capillaries on your leg or face.
Lasers emit a specific wavelength of high energy pulsed light, delivered in variable durations. After the energy passes through the skin, the light is absorbed by the red blood cell in the spider vein. The energy is then converted to heat, thereby injuring the vein wall. Within a few weeks the spider vein seals and disappears from the site. ...
Please visit the Cosmetic Laser Centers for more information on laser vein treaments.