Spider Veins on Legs or Body
Sclerotherapy (Vein Injections, Spider Veins, Varicose Veins, Leg Veins, Facial Veins)
Dr. Diane Wong, MD is a licensed physician who has been treating clients with Sclerotherapy for unwanted spider veins on the legs and facial veins in Toronto, Yorkville, and the GTA for over 10 years. The unwanted veins are often a cosmetic concern. Sclerotherapy is a very skill-dependent technique that requires precision with very fine needles and excellent understanding of the anatomy of the veins and vascular system. A combination approach with Sclerotherapy on the larger veins first, followed by laser vein treatments or IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments for the smaller veins can also be suggested. It is therefore important to be assessed by a physician who is skilled in Sclerotherapy, laser vein treatments, and IPL treatments.
What is Sclerotherapy and what are the Indications?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for unwanted veins on the legs, face or body. It involves injections into the veins with a saline (salt) and dextrose (sugar) solution. Occasionally, other solutions may be used. The intent is to close these superficial veins by causing a mild inflammation in the vein. The blood flow will then go to where it should, into the deeper vein system.
What is the Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Spider veins are the very thin superficial veins that look purple or red, and look like marks drawn by a thin pen line. Varicose veins are large blue bulging veins that are deeper. Dr. Wong will assess your veins and make appropriate recommendations. Only spider veins are treated at Glow Medi Spa. For very large bulging varicose veins on the legs, sometimes surgery or EVLT (Endovenous Laser Treatments) is required. If these procedures are required, Dr. Wong will make a referral to a vascular surgeon.
Dr. Wong is very skilled in Sclerotherapy and has been treating clients successfully for over 10 years. She sees each client in full consultation and determines which treatment would be the most appropriate for veins on their face (couperose) and/or veins on their legs (spider or varicose veins). She is extremely gentle and her clients often comment on how comfortable they are with her treatments.
Dr. Wong also provides laser vein treatments and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments at Glow Medi Spa. Sometimes a combination of Sclerotherapy and laser treatment is optimal or if the veins are very small, IPL treatments may be an option as well. Occasionally, a client may be “needle-phobic” and opt to have laser or IPL treatments instead if it is appropriate.
What are the Other Treatment Options for Spider Veins on the Legs or Face?
At Glow Medi Spa, we have several laser and ligh-based treatments available to treat vessels on the face and/or body.