Spider veins are common, appearing as small blue or red veins seen close to the surface of the skin in the legs and ankles. While spider veins are commonly treated by many types of professions (e.g. beauticians, dermatologists, medispa nurses etc), there are 3 important reasons why you should consider going to a qualified sclerotherapist over any other practice to treat your spider veins.

1. Spider veins may actually be a symptom of underlying venous insufficiency.  

Spider veins, are often associated with underlying venous insufficiency (i.e. varicose veins).  In fact, approximately 25% of patients who present with spider veins have them as a direct result of an underlying  varicose vein insufficiency deeper within the skin. Therefore, the underlying issues of varicose veins must be treated to properly eliminate your spider veins, otherwise they will continue to come back regardless of how often or how many times you treat them. The ability to understand this thoroughly is the most important difference between seeing a doctor whom specialises in venous disease versus those who do not.

2. Sclerotherapists use a Duplex Ultrasound.

As a follow up to the above, in order to eliminate the possibility of any underlying venous insufficiency as the root cause of your spider veins starts with ability to provide a proper diagnosis.  During the initial consultation, the doctor will perform an ultrasound on your legs using a Duplex Ultrasound.  By doing so, they will be able to correctly and accurately map out a treatment plan custom tailored to your particular needs and address an issues that may often be overlooked by going elsewhere.  

3. Sclerotherapists only treat veins. Period.

The most common treatment for spider veins no matter where you go to have them treated is known as Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapists are required to go through rigorous training so that they can provide safe and effective treatment of your veins. They only treat veins for a living, this is their specialty. More importantly, vein disease is real disease, so why treat it by anyone other than someone with the particular training and acumen required to provide the highest standards of venous care.

AuthorNicholas Kemp