It's estimated that at least half of the adult female population suffers from spider veins, those little red, blue or purple areas on the leg. Many plastic surgeons, like Dr. Daniel DeLoach of Savannah Plastic Surgery Associates are treating the unsightly veins with tiny injections. It's called sclerotherapy.
"Very tiny needles are introduced into the vein and we inject a solution that kills the cells that line the vein causing the vessel to be destroyed," says Dr. DeLoach.
Spider veins in some women start to become noticeable in their early 20's for others not until they reach their 40's and there can be several contributing factors including heredity, age, pregnancy and lifestyle or occupation, jobs that require prolonged sitting or standing.
Sclerotherapy is a relatively simple procedure with one injection for every inch of spider vein, anywhere from five to forty injections per treatment. It can be performed by and physician although it is most commonly performed by plastic surgeons and vascular surgeons.