Spider veins are small vessels that are red, purple and blue in color and easily visible on the skin, typically on the legs and face. There are many treatment options for spider veins, including sclerotherapy. Read on to learn more about this popular treatment for spider veins.
How common are spider veins?
Spider veins are most common in women between the ages of 30 and 50, primarily due to hormones and pregnancy. The blue, red or purple veins appear in a lattice or web pattern but are completely harmless. They aren’t painful like varicose veins and are more of a cosmetic annoyance.
What is sclerotherapy?
This treatment for spider veins uses a highly concentrated saline solution or specially made detergent. It is injected directly into the vein using a very fine, thin needle.
When do you see results?
After the saline solution is injected into the vein, the solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to undergo fibrosis. The vein will disappear gradually over three to six weeks.
Does sclerotherapy require anesthesia?
This treatment usually doesn’t require anesthesia. Patients experience a little sting with each injection, but the burning sensation lasts only a few seconds. For those who can’t tolerate the pain, a topical local anesthetic can be placed on the skin before the procedure.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient, but up to 4 treatments may be needed. Milder cases only require 1-2 treatments.
Do I have to limit my activity after treatment?
You will be encouraged to walk after treatment. High-intensity activities should be avoided for the first few days after treatment.
What preparation is required before sclerotherapy?
Little preparation is necessary before treatment. If you smoke, you may be advised to stop. If you take certain medications such as aspirin, you may be asked to stop taking it a few days before surgery.
You don’t have to live with unsightly spider veins. To learn more about sclerotherapy and a treatment plan for your spider veins, call (818) 662-5005 to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Glendale, Encino and Irvine.