Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy can also be used in the treatment of ‘spider veins’. Using a very fine needle, a chemical irritant (sclerosant) is injected into the veins to cause an inflammatory reaction and result in vessel wall irritation. This causes the vessels walls to become adherent and to close.
Frequently asked questions
What are spider veins?
Spider veins (or telangiectasias) are a collection of small veins (venules) within the skin (dermis) that are less than 1mm in size. They range in colour from light pink to dark purple.
What causes spider veins?
It is not known what causes spider veins, however contributing factors include hereditary, hormonal changes (oestrogen levels in puberty, pregnancy, breast feeding), weight gain, prolonged standing or sitting or being immobile for prolonged periods.
What can Dr Ling offer me?
Peace of mind. The advantage of seeing Dr Ling is that you can be assured that you are receiving treatment that is comprehensive and tailored to your needs.
“When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”.
Since Dr Ling performs a very wide range of treatments (his ‘venous tool belt’ has many tools including sclerotherapy, Venaseal Glue, Radiofrequency and Endovenous laser ablation, endovascular stenting and coiling and surgery), he is able to offer you a balanced opinion about what would be best for you. The advantage for you is that you can rest assured that all treatment possibilities would be considered for you.
In addition, as a qualified Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Dr Ling has endovascular and surgical skills, plus expertise in diagnosis and treatment of medical vascular health problems (venous and arterial diseases). Therefore, Dr Ling is able to diagnose – as well as treat – other vascular problems. For instance, when Dr Ling sees a patient who has a non-healing ulcer, he is able to diagnose any underlying venous as well as arterial issues and in addition, he has the skills and expertise in treating this.
Furthermore, Dr Ling often performs ‘hybrid’ procedures, that combine different techniques of endovascular and open surgery. This often means he can offer you a comprehensive and appropriate treatment approach that is tailored to your specific requirements. This results in less procedures and ‘returns for further treatment’, with resulting quicker return to normal activities and daily life.
Which treatments does Dr Ling perform?
Dr Ling is qualified and very experienced in various forms of varicose vein treatments, including: