What are spider veins?
Spider veins, or telangiectasis, are those tiny purple and red blood vessels found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs of women. They are hereditary and can form anywhere on the leg, from the top of the thigh to the ankle. Occasionally, spider veins appear on the face.
Varicose veins are larger. They can appear raised with a bluish color and can become quite painful. Although spider veins and varicose veins carry blood, they are not part of the venous valve system. Your spider veins can be reduced significantly through a simple office procedure called Sclerotherapy.
What is Sclerotherapy?
The Sclerotherapy treatment was developed in the 1920s. During the procedure, a sclerosing solution is injected into the vein through a micro-needle. The tiny needle generally causes very little pain. The sclerosing solution causes the vein to blanch (turn white), then gradually disappear.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually more than one treatment is required. In most cases, about 50-70% of the treated vessels will be gone for good. However, new veins may appear and additional treatments are generally required for optimum results. These treatments may be in 6-8 week intervals.
What is treatment like?
First, we thoroughly cleanse the area to be treated. Then we mark the veins to be treated wile you are standing.
Using a tiny syringe fitted with a microneedle, we will inject a small amount of sclerosing agent into the vein. Scleosing solution displaces the blood within the vein. It then causes irritation to the lining of the vein, making it swell shut. The treated veins gradually disappear.
Most Sclerotherapy patients report little if any discomfort. A few may experience a mild burning sensation when we inject the solution, but it stops in a few second.
What is recovery like?
You may be asked to wear special heavy-duty stockings to help keep pressure on the veins. This will reduce bruising and help keep the treated veins closed. Bruises around the treated area usually disappear after the first week.
Patients are generally encouraged to take it easy for the rest of the day. We so ask that you refrain from vigorous activities for the first 24 hours. Walking is encouraged because it increases blood flow through the other veins. Although your final results may not be apparent for several months, most patients experience a 60% to 80% improvement.
Before & After
Ecstatic with my results!Balanced Body MD did my sclerotherapy spider vein therapy and I am ecstatic with my results. Tricia took the time to educate me and explain the process, I highly recommend this office. I did the process about 2 ½ weeks before my trip to Hawaii and I had no regrets.