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Spider veins are small blood vessels in the most superficial layer of the skin (the dermis) that have become dilated and visible.
A genetic predisposition to the development of veins plays a role, as do the changes in hormones at puberty or pregnancy and the use of the birth control pill.
Sitting or standing for too long during the day appears to worse leg veins as well. Occasionally, veins may cause an aching sensation or pain.
What is Sclerotherapy?
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a method of treatment for spider veins in the legs. During treatment, a mild sclerosing solution is injected into the veins. The injectable agent irritates the walls of the vein, causing it to shrink in size. The vein eventually disappears and is reabsorbed into the affected leg.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy:
- Removes the smaller beginning varicose veins
- Short treatment
- Virtually painless
- No laser required
- Performed directly in our clinic
- Relieves symptoms associated with varicose and spider veins
- Permanently closes treated veins
Am I a candidate for Sclerotherapy?
At CVI, we take great pride in providing our patients with the best varicose and spider vein treatments and procedures, offering each patient an improved quality of life. This begins with a full evaluation of the venous anatomy and function.
There are many treatment options available for the removal of varicose and spider veins. We provide Sclerotherapy as an option for those who have smaller veins, or more premature venous insufficiency.
What to expect
The area will be numbed with a topical anesthetic. Then a tiny fine needle will be placed into the superficial veins and the liquid medication will be administered. The medication causes an irritation to the lining of the vein and which causes it to close down.
The number of veins injected in one session varies depending on the size, amount and location of the veins to be treated. Should you have multiple varicose or spider veins that require treatment, you may need several Sclerotherapy sessions to close all affected veins.
Sclerotherapy is very effective and safe for most patients. Please note that several sessions may be required to achieve complete elimination of varicose and spider veins.
The unsightly veins will begin to fade with full results evident after 6- 8 weeks. Most patients wear compression stockings to support healing and better results. There is no downtime for this treatment.
The above information explains what is involved and the possible risks. It is not meant to be a substitute for informed discussion between you and your doctor, but can act as a starting point for such a discussion.