Sclerotherapy / Spider Vein Treatment
Spider veins and varicose leg veins are more common in women. The key contributing factor is heredity as well as aging, pregnancy and hormonal changes including menopause and hormone replacement therapy, obesity and working in jobs that require continuous standing. Treatment can reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins, but there is no prevention or cure. There are treatments available for the legs, face and other parts of the body.
Sclerotherapy is a technique in which a very fine needle is used to inject a solution such as Asclera®, directly into the blood vessel. This solution causes an inflammation of the cells that line the vein. In response, the veins close up and collapse, no longer visible on the surface of the skin. The procedure itself takes just a few minutes and the veins disappear in 4 to 6 weeks.
People resume normal activities immediately. With a success rate of over 90%, Sclerotherapy offers relief to just about anyone. Please be sure to avoid these medications for at least 2 weeks prior to this procedure: Aspirin or Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Celebrex, as they may cause thinning of the blood.
Detailed post-treatment instructions will be provided, such as the use of support stockings immediately following the procedure and the avoidance of strenuous exercise and hot showers/baths for 48 hours.
You can expect to look bruised for the first night and for the next few days. Expect full results in the next 4-6 weeks. You may need additional treatments. You may also develop darkened areas around the injection sites called post -inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These will fade over the course of 6–8 weeks. Any area that remains inflamed, red, and warm to the touch or produces an ulceration or discharge may be infected. Please call our office immediately if this occurs.
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