SclerotherapyThis "gold standard" treatment for spider veins involves the injection of a solution into the vein causing it to swell then collapse and seal shut. The vein turns to scar tissue and fades within several weeks.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy was developed over 75 years ago and is one of the most prevalent treatments for spider veins. During treatment, a sclerosing agent is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. Upon injection, the solution replaces the blood in the vein generating irritation and ultimately corrosion to the vessel walls. The body then starts a natural healing process, and the vein begins to decompose, shrink, and eventually disappear. Depending on the number of veins being treated in any given session, treatment can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.
What results will I see?
Improvement will be gradual. Many patients experience between 50% and 60% improvement of the treated vessels. During a consultation, you will be advised as to the required number of treatments needed to achieve your desired results.
What are the benefits?
No downtime! Patients can immediately resume work and all normal activities. Though patients are advised to refrain from vigorous activities for the first 24 to 48 hours. Little, if any, discomfort. A safe, time-proven procedure. No anesthesia is required
What are the side effects?
Following treatment, the affected veins may darken and the area may appear bruised. Support hose are recommended since applied pressure will help reduce side effects and aid in a more effective treatment and healing process. After the treatment of larger vessels, affected areas may appear pigmented, but this is only temporary and will fade over time.
Who is a candidate?
During your consultation, our staff will determine if you are a candidate. Depending on the type of problem veins, a combination of different treatment modalities may be suggested.
How many treatments will it take?
Several treatments may be required to achieve the optimum result. In some cases, as few as two or three treatments will do.