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2015-05-19

Facts About Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment

 

With summer well on its way, don’t hide beneath layers of clothes just because of some spider veins. You should be comfortable in whatever you’re wearing, not self-conscious.

One of the most highly regarded ways to get rid of spider veins is sclerotherapy. If you’re interested in sclerotherapy spider vein treatment and want to know more, here are some facts:

There’s no single cause. Spider veins typically occur in the lower extremities when a weakness in the vein wall allows the vein to stretch and enlarge. Some people are more prone to spider veins because of genetics, while others may get it from a skin injury.

It’s simple and brief. The affected veins are injected with a solution that causes them to disappear from view. Only 15 to 45 minutes in office and you’re done, free to drive to wherever you need to be next.

The solution does all the work. Unfortunately, spider veins don’t heal themselves—that’s where sclerotherapy comes in. Though simple on the outside, inside the vein there’s a little more going on. The solution clots the blood and scars the vein so that the blood begins flowing to other, healthier veins. Eventually the veins turn into scar tissue and that’s when they fade out of sight. It can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a month for the veins to fully disappear.

It’s effective. According to WebMD, studies show that as many as 50% to 80% of injected veins may be eliminated with each session of sclerotherapy, with less than 10% not responding to the injections at all.

Negative side effects are rare. Like any medical procedure, complications sometimes occur. Most side effects are small and temporary, and should go away without treatment. These include:

  • New small veins
  • Itching
  • Raised red areas
  • Bruising

The process can take some time, so don’t be alarmed if your results are not instantaneous.

Afterwards, avoid heat and strenuous exercise. This is a rare instance where more exercise won’t help. Avoid hot baths and sun exposure as well, since too much heat can lead to dark spots on your skin. Only for a couple weeks, though, and then we suggest you get back to an active lifestyle.

Avoid certain medications. Meds we’d like you to avoid include: aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory medications for 48-72 hours before sclerotherapy to minimize potential bruising.

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