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THEY CAN PAINLESSLY CLEAR SPIDER VEINS
Sclerotherapy—the procedure that can eliminate spider veins and the leaky blood vessels that cause them—was once the literal equivalent of rubbing salt in a wound. "Before, we had to use a saline solution that stings and is extremely painful," says dermatologist Amy Forman Taub. But the latest alternative procedures, which involve injecting veins to inflame them, close them, and allow the body to absorb them, have made real advances in the past few years. "Newer detergent-like drugs such as Asclera and Sotradecol are just as effective as saline but don't cause as much discomfort," Taub says. (Doctors use a tiny needle "the width of a strand of hair," says dermatologist Arielle Kauvar.) "It's a very quick, very effective procedure that covers a lot of territory," says Taub. There's no downtime, but that doesn't mean there are no side effects: There is often bruising, some redness, and a bit of swelling in the veins, which compression stockings can help minimize. Sometimes patients see brown staining from inflamed veins that can last for several months.