Mountain View residents guide to choosing the right spider vein treatment

Are you tired of turning down pool party invitations and wearing long pants all summer, in an effort to hide unsightly leg veins? If so, you are not alone. Spider and varicose veins are a common concern, affecting about 40 million Americans.

The bad news is that spider veins are permanent. Once they appear, they do not go away on their own. The good news is that they can be erased with a gentle and effective treatment, available at The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center in Mountain View, California.

Understanding your options

Sclerotherapy is a tried-and-true solution, which has long been considered the gold standard treatment. It is a minimally-invasive procedure. A specially formulated medication is injected directly into the afflicted vein, causing it to fade away over time. In recent years, options have expanded with the development of a number of vascular lasers. These devices work with a specific wavelength of light that is readily absorbed by veins.

Many patients ask which treatment is better. The answer depends on several factors, most importantly the size, location, and depth of the vein. Generally, sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins on the legs, while lasers are used for those on the face and neck.


  • Injections are not possible in extremely small veins, making laser treatment a better choice.
  • The depth of tissue that light energy can penetrate is limited. For larger veins and those located farther below the surface, sclerotherapy is a better choice.
  • Facial veins generally respond better to laser treatment than leg veins do.
  • In most cases, sclerotherapy is more comfortable, and delivers more reliable results.

If you are ready to say farewell to spider veins and start showing off your legs, free of embarrassment, just call us at (650) 962-4600 and schedule an appointment today.

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