This virus has made this a year we’d all just as soon forget. But another thing Dr. Kronberg’s patients would like to forget are those squiggly red, purple, and blue clusters of lines on their thighs, shins, and ankles.
You may love actual spiders catching and eating all of the noxious bugs in Houston, but you probably still hate spider veins. Fortunately, Dr. Kronberg is well-versed with the use of sclerotherapy to rid your legs of these ugly colorful nuisances. And a Texas winter, while nothing like a Cleveland winter, is still a great time to come in and do something about your spider veins.
Why do I have spider veins?
The exact cause of spider veins isn’t known, but there are a number of suspected culprits. Sun damage, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, and occupations where the person has long periods of standing or sitting are all thought to play a part. Genetics also seem to have an effect.
While not physically dangerous in any way, these little squiggly red and blue lines are anything but pretty. They are most prominent on the thighs and calves, and on areas of the face.
A tried and true method
Sclerotherapy isn’t a new method for getting rid of spider veins; it was actually developed way back in the 1930s specifically to get rid of spider veins. Nothing does it better.
Sclerotherapy is a simple process. Dr. Kronberg uses a very small needle and injects a saline solution into the vein in question. The saline irritates the wall of the vein. This irritation causes the vein wall to collapse, closing off any blood in the vein. This minimizes the appearance of the vein instantly, and the body eventually absorbs it. Any blood that was routed through the vein is instantly rerouted to other, healthier veins.
Is there any recovery required after sclerotherapy for spider veins?
If Dr. Kronberg injects a number of spider veins, she’ll likely have you wear compression stockings for a week or so after your session. The compression helps the body begin the process of absorbing the closed off veins. Walking and light exercise is fine immediately after your session. If you’ve had a number of veins treated, you should avoid any strenuous exercise for a few days.
Winter is a great time to clear your legs of those obnoxious spider veins before next year’s trips down to the Gulf. Call Dr. Kronberg at (713) 771-8941 to schedule your spider vein session.