Some women develop spider veins – small groups of reddish, bluish, or purplish veins on thighs and lower legs – at a young age. For others, the veins don’t become noticeable until their later years. The appearance of spider veins may depend on: hereditary factors, occupation, pregnancy, weight gain, hormonal imbalances etc.
Sclerotherapy is a proven way, a “gold standard” to treat small varicose veins and spider veins. It’s been around since 1930s and remains the primary treatment for small-vessel leg veins. Larger varicose veins do not respond as well as the smaller ones to sclerotherapy.
During sclerotherapy a special solution is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to collapse, driving the blood to switch the route, and to flow through healthier veins. The treated vein eventually fades within a few weeks. But it is not unusual for patients to undergo at least two sessions of sclerotherapy with several weeks between treatments to see significant improvement in the appearance of their veins. During the two weeks following the sclerotherapy treatment, patients are required to wear compression stockings or bandages, and are encouraged to walk regularly during that time.
Sclerotherapy is a preferred treatment over laser. Unlike a laser, the special solution used during sclerotherapy, closes the “feeder” vein, making it less likely for the vein to come back. And if compared to an invasive varicose vein surgery, the downtime after sclerotherapy is minimal. After sclerotherapy procedure the treatment area may look a little bruised, but the bruising gradually fades in several weeks. Some patients may develop hyperpigmentation (brownish color) on the treatment sites due to the healing process. And it could take months for it to fade away completely.
Even though, sclerotherapy is a cosmetic procedure, and is focused on improving appearance of veins, the treatment may also help symptoms associated with varicose veins, such as: pain, swelling, burning and night cramps.
You cannot have sclerotherapy, if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breast-feeding. A history of blood clots may also present an obstacle for the procedure. If the veins are too large, you may be a better candidate for a vein surgery.
Please contact Nu Image MD to schedule a consultation with one of our medical staff members to determine, whether you are a good candidate for the treatment.