Garrett M. Crabtree, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist
& Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgeon
2005 Lake Point Way
Many individuals develop small blood vessels on the lower extremities, often described as spider veins. Although lasers are often thought of as the best therapy, in reality, leg veins are usually best addressed by injection sclerotherapy. This involves using extremely tiny needles to inject a solution into the veins. The solution damages the inside of the vessel which slowly leads to destruction of the vein.
There are several solutions which can be used. A strong salt solution was the standard for many years. The salt solution works well but has the unwanted side effect of some temporary burning at the time of injection. Dr. Crabtree uses a newer product called Asclera® (polidocanol). This new solution works quite well, and doesn’t have the stinging associated with strong salt solutions. For the best results, more than one injection is often needed.
Crabtree Dermatology & Aesthetics • 502-245-9191
2005 Lake Point Way, Suite 101 • Louisville, Kentucky 40223