Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

Pain Medicine located in Glen Rock, NJ

Between 30-60% of adults have spider or varicose veins. If you’d like to eliminate these veins, Kevin McElroy, DO, and Steven Ferrer, MD, at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine in Glen Rock, New Jersey, offer a nonsurgical treatment called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a simple in-office procedure to make your unwanted veins disappear — giving you the improved appearance you desire. Find out more by calling or scheduling a consultation online today.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What are spider veins and varicose veins?

Spider veins are small, flat veins underneath your skin, typically found on your legs or face. The veins appear twisted and turned and come in various colors, including:

  • Red
  • Purple
  • Blue

Left untreated, spider veins may turn into varicose veins, which are larger and bulging. Both types of veins are very common, and they form when a valve in the vein stops working as it should, causing blood to pool inside the structure.

What causes spider veins and varicose veins?

The exact cause of these veins isn’t entirely clear, but they may be linked to hormonal factors, pregnancy in particular. Other possible reasons for spider veins or varicose veins include:

  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Birth control or hormonal therapy
  • History of blood clots

Having a job that requires a lot of standing, such as a hairstylist or a factory worker, may also increase the chances of getting these veins.

How are spider and varicose veins treated?

Your doctor at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine often suggests sclerotherapy, a common treatment to eliminate these unwanted veins. Sclerotherapy often is done in tandem with radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive in-office procedure.

Performing radiofrequency ablation followed by sclerotherapy not only improves the functionality of your legs, it also gives your legs an optimal appearance. Your doctor discusses the treatment plan that can give you the best results.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting your unwanted spider or varicose veins with a special solution. The solution irritates the vein, causing swelling that eventually makes the vein collapse. Over time, the vessel closes down and fades away. Your blood flow is rerouted to surrounding vessels.

How long does sclerotherapy take?

Your procedure doesn’t last long, typically taking anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. The exact length depends on factors such as the number and location of the affected veins, as well as your own medical condition.

If you’ve been searching for a proven nonsurgical solution to clear away varicose veins or spider veins and improve your appearance, call today or schedule a consultation online with Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine.