Varicose and spider veins can be unsightly and uncomfortable for many of the patients we see here at The Vein Doctor. Dr. Greenberg sits down with every patient to better understand their vein concerns, and afterward presents the best possible vein treatment plans that can help you get back to the life you want to live. One of the many effective treatments we offer our patients is sclerotherapy – this procedure reduces the appearance of and often completely eliminates smaller varicose and spider veins from the surface of the skin. Our patients find this surface treatment one of the most comfortable vein treatments out there, because it’s minimally invasive and accomplishes the goal of restoring your beautiful and youthful legs.

What are varicose and spider veins and how do they form?

Before we walk you through the sclerotherapy procedure, we should explain the types of veins we can treat. As you may know, varicose veins are larger vein clusters that protrude from the surface of the skin, most commonly found within the lower half of the body. Areas such as the backs of the legs will often exhibit varicose veins, which are greenish blue in color and appear knotted. While varicose veins are unpleasant in appearance, the condition may reveal something deeper occurring within the venous system, something Dr. Greenberg can offer further insight into be sure.

Dr. Greenberg is known as the Original Vein Doctor because of his attention to detail – from a functional diagnosis of deeper issues that are showing themselves aesthetically, down to diagnosing future vein conditions and working with you to prevent them. Contrary to what you may believe, varicose veins are not simply a problem for older men and women, but can affect those in their 30s. The earlier you understand how your veins work and why you see these surface vein conditions, the sooner you can address them and move forward with your life, confident in your vein health.

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How do our veins work?

Our veins have a difficult job, which is to bring our deoxygenated blood back to the heart from the rest of our bodies. However, there are often cases where the blood has difficulty getting back from the lowest points of the body because of pressure put on these veins, which make them unable to push blood upward. This is known as venous insufficiency, and this is where we see varicose veins appear as the veins stretch and blood pools within them.
Inside our veins, there are tiny valves that force blood forward so it cannot flow backward and begin pooling, but when these valves weaken or fail (reflux), we see things like varicose and spider veins. Most people don’t realize that vein disease is genetic so they often will not feel the difference in their veins because they’ve always had difficulty. Both parents pass down these genes to their children. Varicose veins are much larger than spider veins, but spider veins are known as feeder veins – they feed off of the overflowing blood from varicose veins. While spider veins are not dangerous, they can accumulate around varicose veins and create a webbing of string-like blue or pink colored areas that you may want to be removed. That’s where our sclerotherapy treatment comes in.

What is Sclerotherapy and how does Dr. Greenberg do it?

As stated above, Dr. Greenberg will offer a full vein assessment before any vein procedure to make sure you understand how deep venous insufficiency runs and if the sclerotherapy treatment is the best option for you. Using ultrasound technology, Dr. Greenberg will diagnose these problematic veins, and if appropriate, offer sclerotherapy, which is a nonsurgical procedure that you can have done right within our clinic.

The procedure begins with Dr. Greenberg mapping out the various points of entry in the spider and smaller varicose veins to be treated. He will then fill a small syringe with a saline solution or previously formulated chemical that’s referred to as a sclerosant. Dr. Greenberg will inject a cluster of spider veins with the solution, and slowly allow the sclerosant to course through their network. Instantly, many of these spider veins will clear up and become invisible as the solution causes these vein walls to become sticky and collapse, closing off any blood flow through the vein. Other veins attached to this point of entry will often close as more solution is sent through the syringe.

Depending on the amount of spider veins needing to be treated, you may require more than one session of sclerotherapy. Varicose veins are at their earliest stages when we use sclerotherapy to close them off, and so in just a few weeks you will see these varicose and spider veins begin to fade, although some may become itchy and swollen as they heal. Dr. Greenberg will fit you with a pair of compression stockings should you need them during this recovery time, and you can resume walking and all activities as soon as you leave the office.

To schedule your consultation for sclerotherapy with the Original Vein Doctor, Dr. Greenberg, call our office in Palm Desert at (760) 340-2200.