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If you have spider veins that are unsightly or painful, Brentwood Dermatology offers sclerotherapy as an effective spider vein treatment. Using the latest technology and exceptional care in a state-of-the-art facility, learn more about sclerotherapy and how our board-certified dermatologists use it to treat spider veins and smaller varicose veins.
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What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment used to remove or diminish the appearance of spider veins and smaller varicose veins. The treatment procedure involves injecting the veins with one of several kinds of solutions called a sclerosing solution. This chemical sclerant is injected directly into the blood vessel with a very fine needle, which then irritates the vessel, causing it to swell and harden.
In the weeks following the treatment, the hardened blood vessel is absorbed into the surrounding tissue, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible. Blood circulation is then carried out through healthy veins located deeper within the body, so the outward appearance and pain associated with the problem veins are significantly reduced.
Varicose veins are enlarged, dilated, and overfilled blood vessels caused by insufficient blood circulation and weak vascular walls. Varicose veins usually require treatment by a vascular surgeon, interventional radiologist, or other physician with expertise in removing these types of veins.
Similar to varicose veins, spider veins are also caused by compromised blood vessels due to weak vascular walls and inefficient blood circulation.
However, spider veins are a milder variation of varicose veins and refer to the smaller, reddish to purple veins near the surface of the skin that can be unsightly. They’re usually treated in a dermatology setting using less-invasive treatments, such as sclerotherapy.
Unfortunately, spider veins and varicose veins usually cannot be prevented. However, there are a few things one can do to minimize unwanted blood vessels from forming.
For instance, wearing support hose and compression socks, keeping one’s weight at an average level, exercising regularly, eating a high-fiber diet, wearing low-heeled shoes, and using adequate sun protection are all things you can do to prevent unsightly veins.
Sclerotherapy is minimally-invasive and typically a pain-free procedure. However, there may be some discomfort, but anesthesia is usually not needed, and complications are infrequent, making it a quick and relatively easy procedure.
There really is no significant recovery time for sclerotherapy. In our experience, the marks and bruising from the sclerosing agent resolves in about 6-8 weeks.
Additionally, it’s important to follow some recovery steps. Following the sclerotherapy treatment, we recommend patients “pump” the sclerosing solution out of circulation with frequent walking. We will also bandage the injected areas and instruct the treated vessels to be compressed, as this may help seal the treated vessels, keep the blood from collecting under the skin and reduce the development of dark spots.
We recommend the use of compression or support hose between sclerotherapy treatments. This may be particularly recommended for people who spend a lot of time on their feet or work in a standing occupation.
After a sclerotherapy treatment, we highly recommend patients wear compression bandages or stockings. This helps to keep blood circulating and reduce the development of dark spots.
Furthermore, any discomfort after the spider vein treatment can be easily managed with over the counter pain medications and is alleviated by the use of compression bandages or support hose.