Spider Vein Treatment (Sclerotherapy)

FM Medical offers treatment for Spider Veins to patients in St. Augustine

Spider veins are a cosmetic problem characterized by small clusters of blue, purple or red veins on the legs or ankles. This condition occurs mainly in women because the veins are produced, or grown by female hormones. Dr. Scott Michaels provides successful spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy at FM Medical in St. Augustine, FL

Although spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are painless, the unsightly appearance of the marks can cause embarrassment and diminish self-confidence. Dr. Michaels is well aware of how spider veins can negatively influence the self-image of his patients. Dr. Michaels and his staff are pleased to offer sclerotherapy as an effective spider vein treatment for individuals in St. Augustine. His top-notch service has helped many patients in St Augustine and St. Johns County.

How do you get Spider Veins? Is treatment right for me?

Spider veins appear to be hormonally induced and are associated with pregnancy and menstruation. It is estimated that at least half of all women are bothered by these unsightly marks. These are darker and fatter-looking veins, rather than the fine burgundy-colored spider variety in women. Our sclerotherapy patients in St. Augustine typically develop spider veins because of:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight gain
  • Age
  • Trauma
  • Exogenous hormones
  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing

How does Spider Vein Treatment work?

Spider veins grow from reticular veins, also known as feeder veins. However these feeders exist in a dense network of blue veins, or sometimes green in color, which can impart a marbled appearance in the skin of some patients. Reticular veins are usually just a little deeper in the skin, making them difficult to see in some women. But they are there nonetheless and must be eradicated to get the best results possible (and reduce the chances of recurrence).

Sclerotherapy at FM Medical in St. Augustine involves a variety of dilutions of sodium tetradecyl sulfate. This FDA-approved substance is injected into the individual small spider veins using a tiny needle. The goal is to trigger the targeted vein into destroying itself without harming the surrounding tissue. Once the solution enters, it inflames the vein wall, damaging the cells that line the vein and causing the blood inside to clot. Your body reacts by sending in clean-up cells to digest the damaged vein and the clot inside.

What is the recovery process for Spider Vein Treatment?

Side effects and complications are possible, as with all medical procedures. For spider vein treatment, damage to the skin can happen if you are overly sensitive to the dilute medicine, have very dense spider veins, or already have damage to your skin because the veins have deteriorated so much.

How much does a Spider Vein Treatment cost?

The number of sclerotherapy treatments you require will depend on how many veins you would like treated. Because each case varies, it is difficult to assess the cost of your spider vein treatment in St. Augustine until you are evaluated by our sclerotherapy specialist. We will be happy to discuss all aspects of the procedure, including St. Augustine spider vein treatment prices, during an initial consultation at Vein Centers of America.

If you suffer from unsightly spider veins, then sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment option. Dr. Michaels and his staff have worked with various patients in St. Augustine and look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us today and find out how our spider vein treatment can benefit you.