Winter is a Good Time to Address Your Spider Veins
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
Summertime in Dallas isn’t a time for overdressing. The heat and humidity can deliver a one-two punch that makes you want to sit in a pool all day and never leave. By the same token, sundresses and shorts are the norm.
But as we move toward the cooler fall months and into winter, it’s a great time to take care of those squiggly purple and red lines on your calves and ankles.
Now is the perfect time for Dr. Amirlak to take care of those ugly spider veins, so that by the time the warmer weather rolls around again, your legs are spider vein free. Dr. Amirlak predominantly uses sclerotherapy to remove spider veins. Here’s how it works.
What causes spider veins?
Veins are the highways for the blood to return to the heart and in the legs they fight gravity the whole way. As we age, the strength of the support tissues and even of the veins themselves can diminish. This can allow the blood to back up and pool in spots. This shows itself in spider and varicose veins. Because spider veins are just below the surface of the skin they are very visible.
How does Dr. Amirlak use sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is nothing new. It was first used in the 1930s to make unwanted veins close up and go away. For the tiny spider veins, it’s still the best solution. For larger varicose veins, there are treatment options.
In sclerotherapy, Dr. Amirlak injects a special saline solution directly into the vein in question. This solution irritates the vein and causes the walls to collapse and the vein to close off. Over the next two to three months, the body gradually absorbs the unused vein, making it disappear or become dramatically less visible. Any blood that ran through the vein is routed to an adjacent vein.
What happens afterward?
After your treatment, we put you in compression stockings that you’ll wear for two weeks during your waking hours. This compression improves your results so most veins need only one injection to disappear. Plus, the compression helps the body scavenge the now-unused vein.
Winter is the time to get rid of your spider veins. Call Dr. Amirlak at (214) 974-4948 to make an appointment.
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