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Spider veins

Symptoms:

Spider veins (or varicose veins) are distended veins in the skin, which can give an unsightly appearance to the legs. They are caused by an abnormal dilation of the small veins (capillaries). These capillaries can sometimes "break" and give a blue or red color to the skin, looking like a spider web. Inheritance and hormonal changes (eg pregnancy, menstruation, contraceptive, and menopause) are the main causes.

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Predominantly this is a female problem and more common after the age of 40. It is estimated that seven out of 10 women suffer from spider veins. Usually they do not cause any symptoms, but sometimes they can be accompanied by swelling, burning sensation, nocturnal cramps, numbness and pain.

Treatment:

In order to eliminate spider veins or varicose veins we use the method of Sclerotherapy. This involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. Eight to ten injections can be done in one session. Generally this is a safe procedure and it can be done as an office based procedure.

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After each treatment, you will be instructed to wear support hosiery to "compress" the treated vessels for 2-3 days. After sclerotherapy, you may experience certain side effects such as itching, raised, red areas at the injection site or bruising. These should disappear within a few days. 

Results:

Sclerotherapy is very effective and it will permanently eliminate spider veins of the legs. However, new veins may appear at the same rate as before, especially when aggravating factors such as pregnancy, and prolonged standing exist. This is why annually monitoring is recommended by the plastic surgeon, in order to address promptly any new spider veins. 

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Each session cost 100 euro.
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