Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard treatment for spider veins*. Spider veins are small, red, purple, and blue blood vessels easily visible through the skin. They typically appear on the legs and face.
Though generally harmless, these hair-thin blemishes are often considered an unsightly nuisance by those who suffer from them. They increase in frequency with age. Women develop spider veins more often than men and it is estimated that 30% to 60% of adults have varicose veins or spider veins.
What is Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical technique in which a highly concentrated saline solution is injected through a tiny needle into the unwanted veins. The saline causes inflammation in the vein, which in turn causes the blood vessel to collapse and gradually disappear over three to six weeks. Sclerotherapy is a safe and easy procedure that offers an up to 90%¹ improved appearance. Results last for two years on average. Some clients prefer to have yearly treatments for maintenance.
Causes of Spider Veins
Causes include a heredity predisposition, hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, prolonged sitting or standing, and exposure to ultraviolet rays and trauma.
Does Sclerotherapy hurt?
Most people don’t feel any discomfort. Some may feel a sensation like a mosquito bite.
Can sclerotherapy treat varicose veins?
No. Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They need to be treated by a vascular surgeon. If you have varicose veins, or spider veins that hurt or give you discomfort, you are not a candidate for sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy can be administed after varicose veins have been treated.
What can I expect after Sclerotherapy treatment?
Discoloration and brown staining from the blood in the veins may appear for a few weeks. To minimize discoloration we recommend that you:
- wear compression stockings for 3 to 7 days
- use arnica cream (that we provide) twice a day
- limit exercise to walking for the first week after treatment. Nice, long walks are encouraged.
- keep treated area out of the sun and use SPF 30 sunscreen.
The treated area might darken, before the spider veins eventually lighten up.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on how many spider veins you have, it might take more than one sitting to treat all spider veins you would like to address. Depending on the severity of the spider veins, it might take more than one treatment of the same area for optimal results, anywhere from 1 to 6 treatments. On average 3 treatments are required.
¹American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
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*Individual results may vary.