Does Sun Damage Cause Spider Veins?

We Don’t Know.
It’s been said they can be caused by heredity, obesity, trauma, and fluctuations in hormone levels.
Either way
We don’t like them.
But what can we do for them?


What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure performed by Dr. Douglas Monasebian at Park Avenue Plastic Surgery in New York City. This medical procedure is used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution (generally a salt solution) directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure that has been in use since the 1930s.

Are you a candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Douglas Monasebian, M.D. and Park Avenue Plastic Surgery requires an initial consultation with a dermatologist or vascular medicine specialist who will decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. After doing so, a consultation with Dr. Monasebian is scheduled to discuss the procedure and pre and post care.


In preparing for spider vein treatment, you may be asked to:

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedin
  • Stop smoking
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

Spider vein treatment requires no anesthesia. More than one treatment session may be required to obtain optimal results.


The common method of treating spider veins in the legs and ankles is called sclerotherapy.

During treatment, a sclerosing solution is injected into the affected veins. The injection irritates the inside of the vein, and over time the vein will collapse and fade from view.

If you have multiple spider veins, the treatment will require multiple injections to collapse all the veins.

Spider veins may also be treated with a laser.

In this method, an intense beam of light is directed at the spider vein, which obliterates it through the skin. This is commonly performed in office using Iridex.

More than one laser session may be needed to obtain the desired results. Sometimes, laser therapy is used in combination with sclerotherapy.

All methods are performed at Park Avenue Plastic Surgery Upper East Side, NYC location.

Post Care

You can expect that your spider vein treatment recovery will follow this general time line:

Within one week

  • You may be instructed to wear support stockings for three to six weeks
  • You should avoid squatting, heavy lifting and running
  • The tape, cotton balls or any other dressings (if used) will be removed from the treated areas when recommended by the plastic surgeon
  • The treated sites will appear bruised
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two
  • You will be encouraged to walk

Within one month

  • The bruises at the treated sites will diminish
  • You will begin to feel more comfortable wearing leg-baring fashions
  • You can resume most exercise
  • One month after the first treatment, spider veins are distinctly lighter, yet still somewhat visible
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two

Follow ups at Park Avenue Plastic Surgery will take place over the course of 1 month. After two months, your veins treatment should have completed its healing. At this point, you and Dr. Monasebian will decide if any additional treatment is necessary.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Monasebian today and see is Sclerotherapy is right for you!
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