A medical spa typically will treat telangectasias (spider veins). These veins are connected to bigger veins (reticular veins) and those are connected to even bigger veins (including greater and lesser saphenous veins). The relationship between these systems is not always obvious. Sometimes treating the spider veins alone may make them disappear, but sometimes the deeper veins must be treated as well to prevent more serious disease and to make spider veins less likely to re-appear. It’s hard to know what to do if you don’t know the venous system in detail nor know how to obtain and interpret a quality vascular ultrasound.
Sclerotherapy is still one of those rare procedures in surgery which are a combination of science and art. In order to get the best results, it really does pay to go to someone who has seen thousands of patients and injected thousands of veins. It’s even better if that person really cares not just about clinical outcomes, but also aesthetics. Because of how vascular surgeons are trained, it is often difficult to find a surgeon who has the expertise and knowledge about veins who ALSO cares about cosmetics. So while some patients might lean toward a med spa because of that typical situation, I am a vascular surgeon who balances the cosmetic results with the health of your leg veins.
They say ,“if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” In other words, if you go to a cosmetic med spa that only offers sclerotherapy, you may get sclerotherapy even if it’s not the right answer for you. At the San Francisco Vein Center, I offer all vascular treatments from surgery for difficult or unique cases, to sclerotherapy for simple or complex telangectasias, to radiofrequency ablation for people who need varicose vein treatment and relief from venous insufficiency. Every patient is different, and should be treated accordingly.
So the answer to the question of med spa vs. vein center is this: Go to the med spa for pampering and skin treatments and come to us for your spider veins or varicose veins! You deserve the best, and so do your veins!