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Spider Vein Treatment in The Woodlands & Houston

Spider veins or telangiectasia can be treated using several methods: Sclerotherapy, LASER treatment, and the Given Technique for spider vein ablation.

Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment for spider veins. “The same vein may
need to be treated more than once. This treatment is very effective if done the right way. Most patients can expect a 50% to 90% improvement.”  Side effects or complications include temporary stinging, painful cramps, red raised patches of skin, small skin sores, or bruising where the injection was made. Additionally, spots, brown lines, or groups of fine
red blood vessels may be seen around the treated vein that usually disappear.

Laser Surgery: This treatment can be effective against spider veins. “Depending on the severity of the veins, two to five treatments are generally needed to remove the spider veins in the legs.  Because of the cost of a LASER machine, treatment of spider veins using the LASER is significantly more expensive than the other methods of treatment.  Side effects or complications of LASER treatment include heat sensation during the treatment (which can be quite painful), redness or swelling that disappears within a few days; skin discoloration that disappears within 1 to 2 months; and rare cases of burns or scars.

Given Technique:  The use of the Given Electrosurgical Needle is a different approach for the treatment of telangiectasias (spider veins).  This technique involves the use of the Given Electrosurgical Needle using the technique of Kenna Given MD, former President of the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery and Professor Emeritus of Plastic Surgery at the Georgia Health Sciences University.  The results are comparable to that of the LASER treatment and/or sclerotherapy.  There has been no known complications with the use of this technique.  Dr. De La Cruz is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country who performs this new method of removing spider veins (telangiectasia) in different parts of the body, including the face.  Moreover, the Given Electrosurgical Needle technique for the treatment of spider veins had been approved by the FDA.

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