Hand & Facial Veins
Facial veins are usually considered a cosmetic issue and treatment is not covered by insurance. They are more common in fair skinned individuals and can range in size from very small to as large as a few millimeters. Facial spider veins generally appear on the nose, chin or cheek area and often occur in rosacea. These veins are most commonly red, and usually appear in three basic shapes: linear, branch-like or spider-shaped, with a dark center point
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In some cases, sclerotherapy can be used to treat facial veins. We can perform sclerotherapy for larger green reticular veins of the face with a very low dose 0.25% Sotadecrol® solution. This may require anywhere from one to three treatments and is associated with some short-term bruising. The duration and number of sessions will vary depending on the severity of the facial veins and their location. The majority of facial veins can be treated in one session. However, two to three treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart may be required.
Hand and Arm Vein Therapy
The vast majority of people do not have any symptoms secondary to hand and arm veins. A small group of patients may complain of itching or pain over the veins. Some people find hand and arm veins unsightly and seek treatment to improve the appearance by eliminating the visible hand and arm veins.
Sclerotherapy As A Treatment Option
Hand and arm veins can be treated successfully using injection sclerotherapy. Injection sclerotherapy involves the insertion of a very fine needle into the visible vein, followed by the injection of a medication, which causes the target vein to close over a number of weeks. The medication utilized for sclerotherapy at The Vein Institute of Toronto™ is Sotadecrol®. After each treatment, gauze is applied over the treated vein for 6 hours to limit bruising. Typically, a series of one to three injections separated by a six-week interval is required to eliminate the hand or arm veins of concern. Following treatment, the normal reaction is some mild bruising, swelling and tenderness over the treated vein. This resolves over a one to three-week period.
Tips For A Fast Recovery
Stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds for at least two weeks.
Wear at least 45 SPF sunblock on your face for at least two weeks.
It should be noted that hand and arm veins are commonly used for intravenous access or blood sampling. Treatment of these veins with sclerotherapy will prevent further intravenous access of these veins and necessitate the use of other veins in the arms.
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