Broken blood vessels
15 min – 1 hour
Permanent with multiple treatments
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Hormone changes, genetics, and pregnancy can cause vein damage that produces prominent, visible spider veins. The Dermatology Group offers vein treatment using laser technology and sclerotherapy to correct dysfunctional veins. These procedures can improve skin irregularities such as vascular lesions, spider veins, and broken capillaries with a series of treatments.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your veins, our physicians can recommend a solution. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with one of our board-certified dermatologists, call (973) 571-2121 .
Understanding Your Treatment
Spider veins form when the valves inside the veins leak – causing blood to trickle downward instead of up towards the heart. The vessels become enlarged from the extra blood and often appear twisted or bulging. At The Dermatology Group, our physicians may inject a salt solution into these veins (sclerotherapy), which causes the vascular walls to collapse and close. The body then reabsorbs these vessels, leading to marked improvement of the appearance of veins.
For smaller spider veins or broken blood vessels, laser ablation can be an effective alternative. A laser beam gently targets the selected area with a brief burst of light, destroying the blood vessels. Both sclerotherapy and laser procedures are effective, simple, and are relatively painless, and involve little to no recovery time.
How do I know which treatment to choose?
Typically, individuals with raised blue or purple veins are good candidates for sclerotherapy, while smaller veins or vascular lesions can be more effectively targeted with laser treatments. However, in order to determine the appropriate treatment, you will first need to be evaluated by one of our board-certified physicians.
What happens during treatment?
During sclerotherapy, a very fine needle is used to inject a saline solution into the vein. Brief, mild cramping may be experienced if the vein is large. Depending on the size of the treated area, the procedure can take between 15 to 30 minutes.
Laser therapy is administered using a hand-held device that emits high-intensity light to heat the abnormal vein while leaving the surrounding skin intact. As pulses of energy are delivered, some light stinging or tingling may be experienced. The procedure may take only a few minutes or up to an hour for larger areas.
What are the side effects?
Side effects from vein treatments are very minimal and most people can return to normal activity after just 2 or 3 days. Itching, redness, or swelling for 1 or 2 days is often common, and larger veins may become lumpy or hard and can take longer to fade. Sometimes, tiny blood vessels may develop around the injection site after sclerotherapy but this usually clears within a few months.
The treated veins will generally disappear within 3 to 12 weeks of treatment. In most cases, the veins do not reappear. The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of your condition.
Is it safe?
Vein treatment has been used for many years and is effective when performed properly. Before your procedure, you will be evaluated by a board-certified physician who can determine whether or not vein treatment is right for you.
What other treatments are available?
The Dermatology Group also offers laser tattoo removal to significantly fade the appearance of tattoos and other skin pigments, such as sun spots. Laser skin resurfacing can be used to brighten a dull complexion and restore skin elasticity.