Bare Your Beautiful Legs
If you hide your legs because of unsightly veins, we have options. Dr. Horton will improve the appearance of your legs by treating reticular and spider veins with sclerotherapy and/or Intense Pulse Light Photorejuvenation.
How do varicose veins develop?
Many factors are associated with the development of varicose veins, pregnancy, standing for long periods of time and being overweight. The muscles of the leg act as a pump to push blood back to the heart. Valves along the highway of venous blood vessels that are designed to help blood move up the legs against gravity may not work well or become damaged. Dilated veins in the legs develop from excessive flow pressure leading to telangiectasias ( broken capillaries), reticular veins (varicose veins 1-3 mm), and larger varicose veins with the potential for chronic leg swelling and skin changes.
Who can be treated with sclerotherapy?
The best candidates for treatment are clients who have visible spider or reticular veins of small diameter (1-3 mm) and who have no or minimal symptoms of achiness, heaviness or swelling. If one has larger ropey, varicose veins and symptoms of pain or swelling, more invasive procedures performed by a vascular surgeon are needed to relieve symptoms. Small amounts of a sclerosing agent are injected to injure the walls of the vein and cause it scar down. This simple office procedure can be done in a series of 3 treatments done at two-week intervals to improve the appearance of the legs. Compression hose worn for a few days after the procedure are advised to prevent the vein from opening again.
Which veins can be treated with IPL (intense pulse light)?
Small vessels that appear red (in contrast to a blue color) are sufficiently small enough to be treated with IPL. This light energy can coagulate small capillaries causing scarring and improve the appearance of these small vessels.
Sclerotherapy is the preferred initial approach for the treatment of most patients with lower extremity telangiectasias (broken capillaries), reticular veins, and small varicose veins. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Horton to see if you are a candidate for sclerotherapy.
Before and After with Asclera