What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for the removal of spider veins and smaller varicose veins. This is an in-office procedure where veins are injected with a solution, using small needles, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. The procedure typically improves not only the cosmetic appearance but associated symptoms as well. The procedure normally takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many spider veins are treated. Since the injection needle is so small, patients often feel little pain and do not require any anesthesia. Because there are many veins in the leg, the blood that would have flowed through these vanquished spider veins simply flows through other healthy veins after the procedure. The loss of the diseased vein is not a problem for the circulatory system.
Why Choose Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the most popular choice of doctors and patients for spider vein treatment because it is more effective, less expensive, and less painful than any other treatment available. You can enjoy healthier, more attractive legs. Once the veins are treated they will not come back, but because spider veins can be a chronic condition, new ones can form in the future. However, because the initial treatment is so thorough, any new veins tend to be less severe. Simple touch-up treatment can help you enjoy your life free from unsightly veins.
How Many Treatments are Required?
The number of sessions required depends on the depth, number, and size of the veins being treated. While some patients are happy with the results after just one treatment, others may desire further injections for the optimal effect. Patients can determine the amount of treatments they may need and the cost associated with them by discussing their situation with our vascular surgeon.
Normal activities may be resumed immediately, though strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few days. Secondary treatments, if needed, should be scheduled four to six weeks following the primary treatment. You will be asked to wear a compression stocking to help keep pressure on the veins. This will reduce bruising and keep the treated veins closed. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. Any discomfort can be easily managed with over the counter pain medications. Walking is important, as it increases blood flow through the other veins. Most patients will experience a 60% to 80% percent improvement. Final results may not be apparent for several months.
You should not participate in any strenuous activity for the initial days after your treatment. Most insurance providers do not cover cosmetic procedures, including sclerotherapy for the treatment of spider veins, because it is not deemed a medically necessary procedure.