Spider veins, as the name suggests, are tiny red or purple blood vessels that appear on the skin surface like a spider’s web. The patient may feel that the spider vein appearance gives an unsightly look to the skin and is a sign of aging. In exceptional cases, spider veins may also cause discomfort at some stage if the patient ignores treatment.
During the initial consultation, the vein treatment provider will assess the patient’s condition of spider veins to determine whether they are a suitable candidate for sclerotherapy or another procedure. Desert Vein & Vascular Institute, led by the judicious and golden Dr. Pushpinder Sivia and Dr. Son Ha Yu, provides spider vein treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and surrounding locations across this part of the southwest.
If the spider veins are minimally visible on the skin surface, the patient may not necessarily need treatment. The vein expert may not advise a specific therapy to treat spider veins in such a case. However, if the spider veins are clearly visible in one or more sites, and the patient feels bothered by their unsightly appearance, they may be a good candidate for sclerotherapy to treat the veins.
In any case, the candidate should have the commitment to pursue the complete course of treatment prescribed by the specialist. A good candidate will also diligently follow the specialist’s instructions for the pre- and post-treatment phases to ensure safe and predictable results. The candidate should have a positive mindset, clear cosmetic goals, and realistic expectations.
To let the candidate know what the spider vein treatment can or cannot do for them, the specialist may present spider vein before and after photos during the initial consultation. In some cases, it may be paramount to determine whether the candidate has undergone a weight loss program or tried another approach to improve the spider vein condition.
People who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement with efforts such as wearing compression stockings or following a regular fitness regimen may be ideal candidates for an injectable spider vein procedure. During the initial consultation, the treatment provider will explain the benefits and limitations of spider vein procedure and help them make the best decision.
Who is not a Candidate?
Although spider veins may bother anyone who is concerned about their appearance, but not every individual is a suitable candidate for treatment. People with one or more of the following characteristics may not make ideal candidates for spider vein treatment:
- Having an underlying medical condition or an untreated skin infection in the affected site
- Pregnancy or illness
- Unable to stop the ongoing use of prescription blood thinning medications or anticoagulants for a few days or weeks
- Having an arterial disease in the legs or suffering from another vascular condition
- Have a blood clot in the area of treatment
Once the patient has completed medical treatment for such conditions, they may seek spider vein treatment. DVVI receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and other cities and communities in this part of the country for sclerotherapy and other spider vein procedures.