Banish Spider Veins With Laser and Micro-Sclerotherapy

Dr. Michael F. Gioscia of the Vein Institute of Westchester in White Plains, New York, is a board-certified vascular surgeon and vein specialist who is well-known for his expertise in delivering top-level therapies for numerous vascular conditions.

He explains the treatments required to rid your skin of unsightly spider veins.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, also called telangiectasias, are the result of dysfunction in the smallest blood vessels (capillaries) in your body. When damaged, these tiny veins cause visible web-like threads of blue, purple, or red lines across the skin’s surface.

These broken capillaries often occur alongside larger varicose veins and most frequently appear on the legs and face. Dr. Gioscia notes that the small size and quantity of these veins make them challenging to treat.

Also, depending on the extent of the cosmetic damage you’re experiencing due to spider veins, it can take several weeks to complete effective treatment. And if you have varicose veins, they must be addressed first.    

How do you treat spider veins?

Although they’re the smallest of problematic veins, spider veins are tedious to treat because each vein requires meticulous, individualized attention. But for the best cosmetic results, eradicating spider veins is vital to successful vein treatment.

Dr. Gioscia endorses micro-sclerotherapy to eliminate spider veins. During the procedure, he uses a microfine needle to deliver a sclerosing agent to each damaged vein. This substance seals the vessel and stops blood flow. 

As blood flow ceases, the vein dies. That triggers your body to build new capillaries and remove the now unnecessary tissue of the sealed vein. Over time, the spider vein simply fades away and leaves behind normal skin. 

It can take decades to develop the medical skill and patience required to successfully treat spider veins, which Dr. Gioscia notes is really an art form. This is why, at the Vein Institute of Westchester, only Dr. Gioscia performs these treatments.

Can a laser replace micro-sclerotherapy?  

Many people assume that laser therapy causes spider veins to magically disappear. Dr. Gioscia says this is simply not true. 

He is highly skilled at laser technology and does use it in some instances as a "finishing touch" to accomplish the desired cosmetic results after spider vein treatment. He emphasizes, though, that micro-sclerotherapy is necessary for successful eradication of spider veins.

What to expect

During your initial consultation at the Vein Institute of Westchester, Dr. Gioscia always takes time to fully evaluate your veins and devise the most effective plan. He also carefully considers skin tone, vein coloration and size, and many other details to obtain the best possible aesthetic result.

This isn't a one-fix-for-all practice. Dr. Gioscia has extensive experience in all possible solutions and always recommends the best possible therapy for varicose veins and spider veins.

For outstanding care and expert results you can count on, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gioscia at the Vein Institute of Westchester today.

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