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Sclerotherapy

The successful treatment of unsightly surface vessels or veins, known as spider veins or thread veins, sunburst or starburst vessels, telangiectatic vessels or unwanted leg veins. Sclerotherapy treatment involves the injection of special sclerosing agents into the vein, followed by compression provided by support tights.

A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.

Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be treelike and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be linear and appear as thin separate lines. Linear spider veins are commonly seen on the inner knee, whereas the arborising pattern often appears on the outer thigh in a sunburst or cartwheel distribution.