Unlike real spiders, spider veins are impervious to rolled-up magazines and rarely inspire beloved children’s novels. Squash pesky skin arachnids with today's Groupon: for $99, you get one sclerotherapy spider-vein treatment at Midwest Vein Center, located at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (up to a $400 value).
As director of Midwest Vein Center, board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Ricardo Rao employs 15 years of experience to crackdown on spindly veins with an FDA-approved sclerotherapy procedure. First, Dr. Rao evaluates the client’s thighs and calves to determine the extent of blood-vessel congestion. In a treatment lasting 20–60 minutes, a nonsurgical injection of solution directly into spider veins and obtrusive cobweb tattoos provokes vein walls to collapse and reroutes blood to their healthier brethren. The vacated canals reabsorb back into nearby body tissues and can begin to visibly fade in only a few weeks. Over time, sclerotherapy can help alleviate aching and swelling, and since it requires minimal recovery time, patrons can return to hokey-pokey marathons without reservations.
Midwest Vein Center
Dr. Ricardo Rao, a board-certified specialist in both vascular and general surgery, helms the three-person team at Midwest Vein Center. Together, the vein experts provide affordable treatments––including sclerotherapy and venous laser ablation––to render their patients' bodies free of visible veins.