What is Spider & Varicose Veins?
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins, formally known as Telangiectasia, are dilated veins near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes. The dilation makes them visible and they often appear on the legs, arms, and face. While some may consider them to be a cosmetic nuisance, spider veins are not painful nor are they a health risk.
What are Varicose Veins?
In varicose veins, the valves which prevent backflow of blood do not function properly, causing veins to bulge. Varicose veins are enlarged or twisted veins that are often found as projections on the legs. People who stand for prolonged periods of time or people who have leg injuries are more prone to varicose veins. Poor posture, obesity, pregnancy, menopause, and aging can also bring upon varicose veins.
How does sclerotherapy work?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure in which a sclerosant is injected into visible or raised veins. When injected, the agent will shrink and permanently obliterate the vein. We use Health-Canada-approved sclerosants called Sclerodex and Trombojects ® to treat veins. Sclerotherapy is more preferable than lasers for large veins as the latter can cause pain and pigmentation. However, lasers are useful for clearing up smaller veins left over from sclerotherapy treatment.