Sclerotherapy: Spider Vein Removal
Spider veins, which appear as unsightly clusters of red, blue, or purple veins on the ankles, thighs, or calves, can now be treated using the spider vein removal method known as sclerotherapy. In addition to minimizing the actual appearance of spider veins, sclerotherapy also relieves the symptoms associated with spider veins such as burning, swelling, aching, and night cramps.
Background on Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy has been used for the treatment of varicose veins for over 150 years, beginning in Switzerland, and has evolved over the years to become the most effective method for the removal of spider veins. In sclerotherapy, a small amount of solution is injected into the vein, causing it to immediately shrink and then dissolve over a period of weeks as the body naturally absorbs it. Sclerotherapy is preferable to laser therapy for spider veins in that it destroys the “feeder” veins causing the spider veins to form. Most common for women aged 30-50, spider veins are a harmless, however unsightly problem, that can now be visibly reduced through a simple 15-20 minute appointment.
Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Removal Frequently Asked Questions
What are spider veins?
How does sclerotherapy spider vein removal work?
What happens after sclerotherapy spider vein removal?
Does schlerotherapy hurt?
What are the risks of schlerotherapy?
Why choose Dr. Stout for schlerotherapy spider vein treatment?
Spider veins are large clusters of red, blue, or purple veins on the leg region of women, usually aged from 30-50. They often result as a consequence of estrogen and pregnancy, and though not dangerous to the woman’s health, often appear unsightly.
During a session of sclerotherapy, Dr. Stout will inject the troublesome veins with a sterile solution using a very fine needle for the most comfortable procedure. The injection causes the veins to collapse and fade over the next few weeks as the body absorbs the vein. With this treatment, no anesthesia is required, as it is simply an injection.
Some patients may experience minor soreness of the treated area, though this is usually eased through Tylenol or a similar over-the-counter painkiller. The injected site may appear bruised or swollen for a few days after the procedure, and Dr. Stout recommends that patients wear an ace bandage to relieve any swelling or discomfort. Patients should not experience any trouble walking, and these side effects normally resolve within a few days.
During the first month after sclerotherapy, patients often return to Dr. Stout for follow-up injections at the same site to enhance the effects of the treatment. The number of injections required to treat the spider veins is dependent on the severity and the patient’s individual response to the therapy. Dr. Stout usually suggests that patients schedule between 2 and 4 treatments for the best possible results.
As with any injection, patients report a slight stinging sensation, though most tolerate the procedure quite comfortably. Many of Dr. Stout’s patients even disclose that the procedure was less painful than they originally anticipated.
This method of spider vein removal has been successfully used in Europe for years, though it does have its risks. It’s possible for sclerotherapy to cause blood clots, inflammation, and skin injury that resulting in a mark. Sclerotherapy can also stain the treated area a brownish pigmentation, which may take up to a year to completely disappear. In addition, while sclerotherapy is effective for spider vein removal, it cannot prevent future spider veins from appearing. To discuss the benefits of schlerotherapy and your candidacy for the procedure, please call Dr. Stout for a consultation.
Since there are various types of sclerosing solutions available, it is best to choose a trained, experienced doctor such as Dr. Warren Stout, who can choose the best treatment for you. Having practiced cosmetic surgery for over twenty years, Dr. Stout has seen many less effective procedures come and go, and can attest to the benefits of schlerotherapy.