Medical Services

Varicose & Spider Vein Treatment

What is it and what causes it?

Varicose, reticular and spider veins are relatively common types of blood vessel disorders that occur when veins become distended or incompetent.

The physical appearance of troublesome veins may be the only obvious sign of venous incompetence, however other more sinister symptoms are not uncommon and may eventually occur without treatment. Such symptoms associated with incompetent veins may include leg discomfort, throbbing, cramping or burning and an overall sense of fatigue or heaviness. In more severe cases, varicose veins can result in complications such as internal bleeding, blood clots and ulcers.

TSC Treatment

Prompt treatment of troublesome veins is vital to reduce the risk of complications associated with progression of the condition. Whether your concerns are primarily for medical or aesthetic reasons, here at the Tasmanian Skin Clinic our doctors can determine the most appropriate and effective treatment procedure for you.

Currently considered the gold-standard treatment for distended or incompetent veins, Sclerotherapy is a quick and simple procedure involving the injection of a dilute sclerosing solution into the affected veins. This solution instantaneously shrinks the injected vessels and over a period of 4-8 weeks the body’s natural healing systems dissolve and remove the treated veins. The sclerosing agent additionally closes “feeder” veins responsible for the formation of spider veins, making future recurrence less likely in those areas previously treated.

Compared to more invasive surgical treatment options, post-treatment downtime is minimal with patients requiring compression bandages or stockings for at least 2 weeks following the procedure. 2-3 treatments separated by several weeks may significantly improve the condition and appearance of unsightly leg veins, while optimal results may be achieved with annual maintenance treatment.

Intense-Light Pulse Therapy (IPL) and local cauterization may also be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy to achieve excellent results in the treatment of spider and varicose veins.