Sclerotherapy is a specialized medical dermatology procedure focused on removing unsightly varicose veins and spider veins. Schedule an appointment with Dr. T. Joseph Raoof at RAOOF MD Dermatology, located in San Fernando Valley Encino, California, if you are troubled by the appearance of varicose and spider veins. RAOOF MD welcomes patients from the Greater Los Angeles area.
Varicose veins are those that appear large, swollen and raised. These types of vein appear to twist and turn beneath the surface of the skin. They are most commonly seen on the legs.
Spider veins are much smaller and appear blue, purple, or red. They can be seen through the skin easily, and twist and turn. They may occur on the legs or on the face.
Varicose and spider veins occur for a number of reasons, including: being obese, having a family history of these veins, having a history of blood clots, having conditions that result in increased abdominal pressure like constipation, having hormonal changes due to pregnancy, puberty, or menopause, undergoing post-menopausal hormone replacement, using birth control pills, and working in a job that involves excessive periods of standing like for nursing or factory workers.
Considered the most effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins that are uncomplicated in nature. Put simply, this procedure involves injecting the veins with a special solution. The solution results in scarring, which causes the blood in the injected vein to reroute to other nearby veins. Over time, the vein collapses, fades and is absorbed by the surrounding tissues. In most cases, veins are visibly reduced in appearance within a few weeks. Some people may need multiple sessions of sclerotherapy to completely fade varicose and spider veins.
Varicose and spider veins do not contribute to medical problems generally. However, many people request sclerotherapy as a cosmetic dermatology treatment in order to eliminate the undesirable appearance of these veins. Sclerotherapy offers patients the chance to have more confidence and pride in their appearance, as opposed to covering up their legs to hide varicose or spider veins. Plus, sclerotherapy is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis.
If you are interested in fading varicose veins or spider veins, call the practice of Dr. T. Joseph Raoof for more information.
RAOOF MD Dermatology accepts most major PPO insurance plans. No HMO plans are currently accepted for Medi-Cal or Medicare patients. Due to the nature of the services offered at our office, we require pre-payment for selected treatments which our office can review with you at the time of your visit. Patients may be eligible for insurance reimbursement for these treatments based on their current plan. If you would like to verify your eligibility or benefits, please contact your insurance company directly. Our office is available to answer any questions.