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Vein Therapy

Many people are bothered by spider veins – those small, unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that usually appear on the thighs, calves and face. We perform vein therapy on spider veins at Ann Arbor Dermatology with sclerotherapy and/or laser surgery. Spider veins on the face are usually treated with a laser and spider veins in the legs are usually treated with sclerotherapy. Both are relatively simple procedures with minimal discomfort.

The best way to find out about treating spider veins at our Ann Arbor and Plymouth offices is to request a consultation at Ann Arbor Dermatology. Or you can call our office at (734) 996-8757 (Ann Arbor) or 734-455-6881 (Plymouth) and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to assist you.

Diolite® Laser

How does the laser work on my facial spider veins?

The laser generates an intense beam of light. The laser light causes destruction to the vessel being treated while leaving the surrounding tissue intact.

Is the procedure painful?

Some patients report a slight stinging sensation during the treatment; however, it is not necessary to use a topical anesthetic.

What is recovery from Diolite Laser Therapy like?

Following the treatment, redness is noted which usually disappears in 2 to 4 hours. Some swelling may also be experienced and may last 1 to 2 days.

How long before I see results?

Final treatment results should be evident within 10 to 14 days after the treatment for vascular lesions.

What are the risks associated with laser treatment?

Possible complications are noted but rare: Minimal pain during treatment, occasional swelling or crusting over the treated areas, pigment changes, scarring and possible recurrence of treated lesions.


How does sclerotherapy work on the spider veins on my legs?

Sclerotherapy is an injection of a concentrated sodium chloride solution which is injected into the vessels with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel causing a clot and a scar to form. The vessel is then absorbed by the surrounding tissue.

How effective is sclerotherapy?

Most individuals can expect up to 80% improvement in spider veins with sclerotherapy. Multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

What are treatments like?

The treatments usually last about 20 to 30 minutes. During the procedure you will receive several injections with a very small needle into the source of your spider veins. There is usually minimal burning and itching at the injection sites, which is of short duration. The minimal discomfort does not last long.

What is recovery like?

Usually there is some soreness and itching at the injection site the first day. After that, there is often increased sensitivity at the sites, which usually lasts just a few days.

How long will it take before I see the results?

It takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the vessels to turn into scar tissue, that fades and eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible.

Some men and women choose to combine their vein treatment with laser hair removal in order to achieve more comprehensive improvement of their legs, arms or other parts of their bodies. Whether or not combining procedures is right for you will be determined at the time of your consultation.

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