With our balmy springs and summers in Houston, shorts and skirts are the clothing of choice, not to mention swimsuits. But no one wants to show off their legs when they have little purple and blue squiggly lines coursing about on their skin.
Spider veins. Ugh.
Now is the perfect time for Dr. Kronberg to take care of those spider veins, getting you ready for the warm spring and summer months. She uses sclerotherapy to make them go the way of the passenger pigeon.
What causes spider veins?
Veins are the highways for the blood to return to the heart. And sometimes they have a real fight with gravity. This is especially true in the legs, where the blood needs to go directly up the leg. As we age, the strength of the support tissues and even of the veins themselves can diminish. This can cause the blood to back up and pool in spots. This shows itself in spider and varicose veins. Because spider veins are just below the surface of the skin they are very visible.
How does Dr. Kronberg get rid of spider veins?
Sclerotherapy is nothing new. It was first used in the 1930s to make unwanted veins close up and go away. Dr. Kronberg has tried using lasers to heat the veins and make them close up, but has found that they aren’t as effective as sclerotherapy.
In sclerotherapy, Dr. Kronberg injects a special saline solution directly into the vein in question. This solution irritates the vein (much like that uncle who visits every year during the holidays irritates you!) and causes the walls to shrink up and the vein to close off. Over the next two to three months, the body gradually absorbs the unused vein, making it disappear or become dramatically less visible. Any blood that ran through the vein is routed to an adjacent vein.
What happens afterward?
After your treatment, we put you in compression stockings that you’ll wear for two weeks during your waking hours. This compression improves your results so most veins need only one injection to disappear.
Schedule a consultation
Winter is the time to get rid of your spider veins. Call Dr. Kronberg at 713-771-8941 to schedule your appointment.