Approximately 30-40% of the female population and 6-15% of the male population in the United States suffer with unsightly spider veins in the legs. In women, spider veins frequently occur during pregnancy but may also result from heredity, hormonal changes, weight gain, prolonged sitting and standing or even from the use of some medications. The traditional method of treating spider veins has been sclerotherapy, which consists of injecting saline solutions directly into the affected veins. Treatment sessions may last anywhere from fifteen to forty-five minutes and may include from five to as many as forty injections. Skin is cleansed with antiseptic and then affected veins are injected with the sclerosing agent. There may a slight burning sensation, but pain is usually minimal. Afterward cotton balls and compression tape may be applied. Support hose may be recommended for the first 48 hours. Immediately following, your legs will have some bruising and discoloration at injection sites which will diminish within about a month. Laser therapy has also been developed which may effectively help eliminate spider veins in the leg and face. A laser is applied to selected areas depending on the number of vessels treated. Patients may usually return to work immediately following these procedures. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will examine and advise you about the specific treatment method he feels will be most effective in meeting your specific goals. The surgeons and staff at The Face & Body Center are available to discuss any questions you may have by calling 866-939-4999 or 939-9999 in the Jackson Metro Area.