Spider Vein Removal Therapy in Huntersville, NC
Spider veins are fine red lines that appear just below the surface of the skin. In addition to cosmetic concerns, spider veins may also indicate an underlying medical condition. Spider vein removal therapy by Dr. Briggs E. Cook, Jr., a board-certified Huntersville surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery, or his well-trained staff treats the veins and also helps people in Charlotte and the surrounding areas determine if further medical evaluation is needed.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins may develop at any age, and men and women are both at risk for developing them. The highest occurrence, though, is amongst women between 30 to 60 years old. Spider veins are a vascular condition that signifies an inappropriate flow of blood back to the heart. In most cases, the underlying cause is an improper closure of small valves within the blood vessels. The valves are intended to keep the blood moving back to the heart and prevent “back flow.” When a valve does not close completely, the blood is allowed to flow back into the lower section of the vein where it pools and builds pressure. Over time, the walls of the vessel weaken, resulting in spider veins.
Why Should I Treat my Spider Veins?
If you have spider veins, you should have a thorough medical evaluation to determine the cause of the improper blood flow. Dr. Cook or his staff examines the areas around your spider veins to identify any other indications of vascular concerns, such as varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis.
Spider veins are mostly a cosmetic concern that is easily treated with sclerotherapy. After treatment, the damaged blood vessels are naturally absorbed by your body. If Dr. Cook or his staff suspects other vascular problems, he refers you to your primary care physician or a vascular specialist for evaluation and treatment.
Benefits of Spider Vein Removal Therapy
The benefits of spider vein removal therapy include:
- Sclerotherapy is minimally-invasive
- Less trauma, discomfort and recovery time when compared to vein stripping
- Permanently removes spider veins
- Requires minimal downtime
- Reduces pain in 85% of patients
What Should I Expect From Spider Vein Removal Therapy?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a special solution into the damaged veins. Multiple injections are made in each vein at a predetermined length, such as one injection every inch. The number of injections is based upon the size and pattern of your spider veins. On average, between five and 40 injections are needed.
To make the injections, Dr. Cook applies a topical numbing agent and pulls the skin tight. You may feel a short burning sensation as the solution is introduced into the vein. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and we generally recommend between two and six treatments to fully remove the spider veins.
The treatment area is wrapped in a compression bandage to promote healing. You may have some minor bruising for up to two weeks after the procedure. Exercise and other light activities are encouraged after sclerotherapy. Movement helps your body absorb the damaged vein and create a new path for blood flow.
What Should my Physician Explain to me About Spider Vein Removal Therapy?
Certain medical conditions may preclude you from undergoing sclerotherapy for your spider veins, such as:
- Heart conditions
- Problems with circulation
- Disease caused by blood-borne pathogens
Sclerotherapy effectively and safely removes your spider veins, but you may develop new spider veins over time.
How Much Does Spider Vein Removal Therapy Cost?
Spider vein removal with sclerotherapy is tailored for each patient, so costs vary. We accept payment by cash, personal check, and major credit cards. If you would like a financing option, please apply for Alphaeon™ Credit.
About Insurance Coverage for Spider Vein Removal
When spider vein removal is medically indicated and not performed for purely elective cosmetic reasons, your medical insurance may cover a portion of the cost. You are responsible for any remaining balance after processing through your insurance. Please verify coverage with your insurance company prior to the procedure.
Spider veins are embarrassing fine red lines that appear on the legs, face and other areas of the body. If you live in the Charlotte-area and have spider veins, contact Pure Facial Plastic Surgery in Huntersville, North Carolina to schedule a spider vein removal consultation with Dr. Cook.