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We get a lot of questions about spider vein treatment and removal at our Dallas practice. Although these pesky little veins aren't harmful, they are a common concern that sometimes keep people covered up even in our warm Texas climate. Fortunately, we have simple solutions that have helped countless people achieve clear, beautiful skin. Here, we've provided answers to some of the most-asked questions about our vein treatment options, including laser treatments and sclerotherapy.

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What causes spider veins?

Spider veins get their name from their appearance, which is similar to that of an intricate spider web. Researchers have found that well over half of adults have spider veins, which typically develop on the legs. These thin red, blue, or purple veins are caused by increased pressure in the legs, although they also seem to have a strong hereditary component. Some factors that contribute to their development include:

  • Age (older people are more likely to have spider veins)
  • Regularly standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Obesity
  • Hormones/pregnancies

What does a sclerotherapy treatment feel like?

Our patients agree that sclerotherapy is a relatively comfortable treatment. Most patients say they feel the initial prick of the needle followed by a mild burning sensation as the sclerosing agent goes to work within the vein. A lingering ache may be present in the treated leg for a few days after treatment, but it shouldn't preclude you from going about your usual activities. Our patients using sclerotherapy for spider veins at our Dallas office are able to get back to their regular routines immediately after treatment, but we advise them to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days. Anesthesia is not necessary for sclerotherapy treatment.

Will I need more than 1 sclerotherapy treatment?

It depends on the significance of the veins being treated and your own personal physiology. During your consultation, Dr. Stetler or Dr. Polder can give you a better sense of how many treatment sessions you may need to see the best results.

How does the Excel V™ laser treat veins and rosacea?

Excel V is a multimodal laser, meaning it is specifically designed to treat a variety of different vascular lesions including port wine stains and spider veins in addition to rosacea. Excel V works by administering a powerful green laser to abnormal blood vessels. The laser's energy is absorbed by the blood vessels, which are damaged and eventually seal shut. The blood vessels then gradually disappear. Because vascular lesions are caused by abnormal blood vessels, the Excel V laser is able to treat a variety of these types of concerns.

How is the Excel V laser different from other skin lasers?

Lasers are incredibly versatile tools in the dermatology world, and they come in many forms to treat a wide variety of skin concerns. Laser skin resurfacing treatments such as Fraxel® remove outer layers of damaged skin and stimulate cell renewal for a softer, healthier-looking complexion. IPL, which is similar to a laser, uses concentrated light energy to scatter pigment in your skin, reducing dark spots and other color irregularities. The Excel V laser is different from both of these services because its green light targets only the red discoloration of vascular abnormalities.

How much does vein treatment cost?

It's difficult to provide an exact figure because every patient is different. At the Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, we develop a customized treatment plan for each patient that may include sclerotherapy, a laser treatment, or both. During your consultation, we'll evaluate your specific concerns and draw up a treatment plan that's right for you. We'll also provide you with a precise quote.

What other treatments do you offer to improve the look of my legs?

Whether they opt for sclerotherapy or a laser treatment, most patients are thrilled with the results of their vein treatments. Thanks to a renewed sense of confidence about the appearance of their legs, some patients choose to further enhance results with additional services, such as:

  • CoolSculpting®: This treatment freezes unwanted fat cells, effectively killing them. Over time, the dead fat cells are flushed out of the body naturally. Quick, comfortable CoolSculpting treatments are a great option for removing stubborn bulges on the inner and outer thighs.
  • Laser hair removal: A series of just a few laser hair removal treatments can leave legs permanently smooth — no more stubble, razor irritation, or nicks to cover up, and no more shaving or waxing necessary.

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