Sclerotherapy / Spider Veins
Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy / Spider Veins
What is vein removal?
There are effective, safe and relatively painless methods available for reducing spider, reticular and varicose veins. The most common vein treatment involves the injection of a solution into each affected vein, causing the vein to collapse and fade. Laser treatments are also available for the reduction or removal of spider veins.
What is spider/varicose veins?
In some women, spider veins—those small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles—become noticeable at a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later.
Causes of spider/varicose veins
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy will involve injecting a liquid or foam-based solution into the varicose vein, which will then irritate the lining of the blood vessel, eventually causing it to destruct. Eventually, the vessel will turn into scar tissue and will fade away. With this procedure, however, everyone won’t be a candidate as it isn’t recommended for those with “great” veins.
Sclerotherapy side effects and complications?
In some patients treated with sclerotherapy, dark discoloration of the injected area may occur (hyperpigmentation). This usually happens because of disintegration of the red blood cells in the treated blood vessel. In the majority of cases, this discoloration will completely go away within 6 months.
Another potential problem is the formation of new spider veins near the area that was treated with sclerotherapy. This can happen in some patients, but these new vessels also typically disappear within 6 months.
Rare complications may include the formation of an ulcer around the injection site or the formation of small blood clots in the small surfaceveins (superficial thrombophlebitis).
Is sclerotherapy safe?
All medical procedures have risks that should be considered carefully prior to embarking on a particular treatment. Since sclerotherapy is frequently used to treat cosmetic problems, untoward and dangerous side effects ought to be fully explained to the patient.
Does sclerotherapy hurt?
Because this procedure requires injections through the skin, it is not a painless procedure. Some chemicals that are injected (sclerosants) are more likely to cause Pain than others. If the sclerosant is deposited outside the vein inadvertently, this is often more painful.
Who is a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
Those with venous insufficiency who have disease that is poorly controlled with compression stockings and who are not obese are ideal candidates for sclerotherapy. To determine if sclerotherapy obliteration is likely to be of benefit, the site of the defective vein is identified as well as the venous drainage pattern. Healthy people who complain of unsightly superficial veins of small caliber (4 mm or less) are also candidates for sclerotherapy.