Want to get rid of your spider or varicose veins in time for your holiday party? Be ready for that cocktail dress with Sclerotherapy.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that targets varicose and spider veins to reduce or eliminate the appearance of these unsightly veins.

What is it for?

Sclerotherapy is for spider and varicose veins. Varicose veins are large veins that often appear twisted and bulging, like cords. They may appear blue-ish, red, or flesh colored and are often swollen or raised. Varicose veins are typically found on the backs of the calves or inside the legs. Spider veins are typically smaller & closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They may appear as starburst-like clusters or spiderwebs.

Varicose and spider veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins or some sort of disruption in the flow of blood that causes the blood to be blocked & pool in the vein(s). They are common to both men and women – 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men in the US have them. For more information on spider & varicose veins:http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/varicose-spider-veins.html#A 

While typically not harmful, these veins may be accompanied by swelling, pain/aches, cramping, throbbing, and heaviness.

How does Sclerotherapy work?

During the procedure, a sclerotherapy solution is injected into the affected veins using a very fine needle. The solution causes the vein to scar & collapse, causing the blood to then change course through healthy veins. 

How long is the procedure?

A typical session takes about 30 minutes but may vary depending on the number of veins being treated. Pain is very minimal as the needle used is very fine.

What’s the downtime?

You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for 2 days after the treatment, but walking is encouraged (walking helps with healing and re-routing the blood faster). Some people experience temporary bruising, redness, or hyperpigmentation. This is temporary and usually lasts only a few days.

Are multiple treatments required? How long does it last?

Multiple treatments are needed for the best results, usually 2-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Visible results take 3-6 weeks after treatment, possibly a little longer for very large veins. The treatment is permanent; veins that are eliminated typically do not return.

For More Information:

Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sclerotherapy/basics/definition/prc-20013495

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) – Sclerotherapy for Spider Veinshttp://www.asds.net/_PublicResources.aspx?id=7415

ASDS – Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins http://www.asds.net/_PublicResources.aspx?id=7873

BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 


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