Leg veins, also referred to as spider veins or telangiectasia, are a source of insecurity for many individuals. More commonly seen in women than men, these unsightly blue and red sunbursts are the result of dilated capillaries (tiny blood vessels) that are located near the surface of the skin. While these damaged blood vessels are unattractive, they are not a health concern. Fortunately, there are non-surgical cosmetic treatments available that can decrease the visibility of leg veins.
At Adonia Medical Clinic, we treat leg veins using minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art techniques.
Causes of Leg Veins
Although leg veins are common, what causes them to form is not known. There are some factors, however, that may contribute to their formation. One of the biggest factor seems to be heredity. Individuals with a family history of spider veins will more likely develop them. In women, hormonal fluctuations may also play a role, especially during pregnancy. Poor circulation, a sedentary lifestyle, and weight problems may also be partly responsible for the appearance of leg veins. In addition, exposure to sunlight may also be a risk factor.
Leg Vein Treatments at Adonia Medical Clinic, Maida Vale, UK
Sclerotherapy for leg veins. The gold standard for leg vein treatment is considered sclerotherapy. During a sclerotherapy treatment, Dr. Ifeoma Ejikeme will inject a fibrovein solution into the unwanted leg vein. The solution will cause the blood vessel to collapse. Eventually, the body will absorb the broken down vein and the blemish will fade. The fading process take several weeks to occur.
When the solution is introduced, patients will feel a minor pinprick sensation. But the treatment is not painful. After a sclerotherapy treatment, patients can resume normal activities immediately. However, compression stockings should be worn to support the legs.
Laser treatments for leg veins. Advanced laser technology can also be used to help reduce the appearance of leg veins. During treatment, light energy delivered to the damaged leg veins. The light energy heats the vascular wall and, like the saline solution used in sclerotherapy, will cause the vessel to collapse and disappear in time.
Laser treatments do not cause significant discomfort; there is no downtime or serious side effects associated with the treatment.
Both sclerotherapy and laser treatments are effective on leg veins. With both treatments, more than one treatment is typically necessary to achieve optimal results. The exact number of treatments needed will depend on the extent of the treatment area and the individual. Dr. Ejikeme recommends spacing the leg vein treatments 6-8 weeks apart. This gives enough time for the vein to to fade.
Your Leg Vein Consultation at Adonia Medical Clinic, London
If you have leg veins that you would like to treat, contact Adonia Medical Clinic to schedule a consultation. Conveniently located near Queensway and Bayswater, we serve residents of central London and beyond.