Spider veins look like nets on legs, which can convince the appendages that they're butterflies or babies who kept crawling away. Reassure limbs of their true identities with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a consultation and spider-vein-reduction treatment (up to eight injections) at DeKalb Vein Center in Decatur (a $369 value).
Certified in sclerotherapy—the technique used to treat blood-vessel malformations—Dr. Katz leads a team of medical professionals in freeing innocent legs from the stringy grips of superficial spider veins. An expert first examines epidermal doodles for signs of underlying conditions or artistic genius, and then proceeds by prepping up to eight pigment-erasing injections. As sclerotherapy solution enters unwanted veins, the squiggles collapse and their contents are reabsorbed into the body as belly-button-fuzz fertilizer. Visible results can take hold after just one 30-minute session, though the treatment does not prevent the formation of future spider veins.
Patients may experience mild discomfort, worsened if injections coincide with being tickled by a chimp. To treat larger or more serious patches, Groupon customers are entitled to additional injections at a reduced rate of $10 each ($15 normally).
DeKalb Vein Center
Spider veins are not only a reason to avoid wearing shorts—they can be a symptom of more sinister circulatory problems. That’s why Dr. Ian Katz, a board-certified physician specializing in phlebology and sclerotherapy, offers three types of vein treatments, all of which help prevent future circulatory problems and remedy the appearance of spider and varicose veins. The first option is surgical removal, which Dr. Katz performs so precisely that patients typically don't even need stitches. Then there's sclerotherapy, the injection of a fluid that causes the vein to collapse and be absorbed back into the body. But perhaps the most intriguing technique—and Dr. Katz's specialty—is the Venefit closure procedure. The heat that this treatment's radiofrequency catheter generates closes off spider and varicose veins, reducing their exterior appearance and rerouting the blood they carry to healthier veins. The recovery process is simple; after the outpatient procedure, patients return to their normal routines within one to two days, and they see results after as little as one treatment. Following any of these treatments, patients may need to wear compression stockings for a time, but fortunately they don't have to resort to extreme measures, such as eating an apple every day.