SclerotherapyTrusted treatment for spider veins and varicose veins
Are you dealing with clusters of red, blue or purple veins? Called spider veins, they most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. About half of adult females have spider veins in varying levels of severity.
What is Sclerotherapy?
For many years, sclerotherapy has been a trusted procedure to treat with spider veins and varicose veins. In this procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade, rerouting blood through normal veins. The procedure may also remedy the symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling and leg cramps.
After sclerotherapy veins will fade within a few weeks to a couple of months. This treatment does not require anesthesia and may be done in your doctor’s office. It generally only takes about half an hour to complete. Sclerotherapy is considered by many to be the treatment of choice for varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is considered by many to be the treatment of choice for varicose veins.
How Does It Work?
Spider veins are small, thin veins close to the surface of the skin. Though these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not essential. Sclerotherapy works by irritating the lining of the vein, sealing the vein shut. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes. No surgical incisions are made, and anesthesia is not needed.
After treatment, patients usually wear a compression stocking for a short time. Most people need 2-3 treatments, done in monthly intervals, to obtain the best results. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. Most patients notice a 50-90 % improvement in appearance and symptoms. The full effect and benefits are generally not realized until several weeks after the procedure is performed.
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How are varicose veins different than spider veins?
Varicose veins are larger, usually more than a quarter-inch in diameter. They are also darker in color and tend to bulge. Varicose veins are more likely to cause pain and be related to serious vein disorders, compared to spider veins. Sclerotherapy is also a trusted treatment for varicose veins, though in many cases other treatments are necessary.
Factors Contributing to Spider Veins
- Weight gain
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Certain medications