Spider veins can be destroyed by injecting a small amount of a chemical solution directly into the vein that causes cosmetic concern. The chemical aggravates the lining of the vein, which causes it to undergo fibrosis and disappear after some time.
How long is each sclerotherapy session?
Generally, most patients have multiple spider veins that they want treated. Up to about fifteen injections can be done at one treatment session. While each treatment session can last up to a half hour, you may need to come back for more treatments if you want more veins treated. After the session, sterile dressings will be placed over the injection sites and the leg will be covered with a bandage or wrap. The bandage is usually left on until the patient returns to see the doctor, which could be a week or two .
What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?
Besides some stinging and pain, sclerotherapy rarely causes a few side effects. Allergic reactions are uncommon, though not impossible. A few patients may experience intense itching at the injection site. If the chemical is injected improperly (or outside the vein), profound discoloration of the skin and pain can occur. This is why we recommend doing your research and finding a provider you trust.
Do I have to limit any activity after the treatment?
Some activity should be avoided, but walking is highly recommended soon after the procedure is complete. You will need to avoid vigorous activity or sports for the first few days after your treatment.
Is there any harm in removing spider veins?
Spider veins don’t perform any function for the body and, thus, removing them does no harm to you. They’re only removed because they are unsightly or annoying, not because they do any harm to the body. You may choose to leave them untreated, which is completely safe.
Can anyone undergo sclerotherapy?
Almost anyone with annoying spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy, but women who are pregnant or nursing should not have sclerotherapy done. Additionally, people with skin infections, fever, history of deep vein thrombosis, or those undergoing anticoagulant therapy should not have sclerotherapy.
How do I prepare for sclerotherapy?
No special preparation will be needed before the procedure. It is recommended that you stop smoking cigarettes and stop taking aspirin a few days before the procedure, if you do those things. Additionally, if you are on blood thinners, you are not a good candidate for sclerotherapy.
Give us a call today at 415.788.3800 to schedule a consultation to learn more about sclerotherapy.