Spider veins often develop in the legs on people as they age. They are difficult to camouflage with makeup or stockings. Sclerotherapy has remained the gold standard for treatment of superficial spider veins. The physician will assess your situation and determine the appropriateness of the procedure depending on the location and the size of the veins. Patient with deeper veins may need to be referred to a vein specialist before considering sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution with a very fine needle into the veins. The solution causes the vein to constrict and collapse. Over the next six weeks, the veins form scar tissues to obliterate the inner tubing of the veins leading to closure. The fading is gradual and optimal results may require multiple repeated treatments. There is no down time involved with either of these procedures and you are able to return to work or daily activities as usual. However, wearing of the pressure support stocking after the leg vein procedure for six weeks is highly recommended.
Chemical Peel Skin Rejuvenation
Chemical peels have been used for over 100 years to removed the dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. A chemical peel uses a solution to create a controlled shedding of damaged skin cells from the sun and aging. The peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands and even the arms and legs. They can effectively improve a wide variety of skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, freckling, and better control of acne. There are different degree of peels that can be performed depending on you skin type and the desired results. During your consultation, you and the physician will discuss your skin type and determine if you are a good candidate for the peel. Unlike the photorejuvenation performed by the IPL, chemical peels usually will cause redness, swelling, browning, and scaling which can last from 7 to 14 days. So, some downtime will need to be anticipated. Generally, the deeper the peel, the longer the recovery.