Treating spider veins with sclerotherapy
Spider veins are dilated capillaries on the skin, resembling spider legs, and may be common in children and pregnant women. Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic, minimally-invasive medical procedure that we use to treat surface varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy improves cosmetic appearance and relieves the itching, burning, aching, and swelling associated with vein disease.
How do you perform sclerotherapy on spider veins?
The doctor inserts a tiny needle and injects an irritant solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and causing the blood to clot. Over time, the body will absorb the treated vein. Mild discomfort may occur, and a cramping sensation may be felt for one to two minutes when larger veins are injected.
The number of veins injected in one session varies, depending on the size and location of the veins and the patient’s overall medical condition. You may need one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any vein region.
What can I expect after sclerotherapy?
You may wear medically-prescribed support hose and/or bandages for several days to weeks to assist in resolution of the veins. In general, spider veins respond to treatment in 3 to 6 weeks; larger veins respond in 3 to 4 months.
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