Sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose veins. It’s different from laser treatments in that sclerotherapy uses a chemical solution to stop blood flow to the vein wall, causing it to collapse and disappear. The procedure can be done in one visit or over multiple visits, depending on the size of your spider veins. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins, but they can still be treated with sclerotherapy.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that uses a chemical solution to shrink varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses a chemical solution to shrink varicose veins. The doctor injects the medicine into your vein, which causes it to clot and gradually fade away over time.
How Long Does Sclerotherapy Last?
Sclerotherapy is a long-lasting treatment, but it can vary depending on the type of veins you have. For example, varicose veins can last up to two years, while spider veins are usually gone within five years. However, there are many factors that may affect how long your veins stay clear after sclerotherapy:
- How well you take care of yourself after treatment
- The size and number of vessels treated
- Your age and overall health
Your doctor will recommend certain lifestyle changes to help keep your veins free from blood clots after treatment.
How Soon Will You See Results?
You may begin to see results as soon as one week after your treatment, though they are not permanent. The results may last for a few years or longer, but they may also be temporary.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Sclerotherapy is a form of treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. It works by injecting a solution into the vein, which causes it to collapse and disappear. The injected solution also stimulates collagen production, which helps the vein walls to thicken.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
How many treatments will you need?
In general, the number of treatments needed will depend on the severity of the problem. Some people only need one or two treatments to get rid of their spider veins, while others may see a dramatic improvement after just one treatment but still require additional sessions to achieve their desired results. If you have a severe problem with varicose veins or have already had vein surgery in the past and need further treatment, it’s likely that you will require multiple sclerotherapy sessions over several weeks or months.
What Should You Do After Your Treatment?
There are a number of things you should be aware of following your treatment. These include:
- Avoid sun exposure for at least 48 hours after your sclerotherapy injection. Sunscreen is recommended when you go out in the sun
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can irritate the treated area
- Avoid strenuous exercise for up to 48 hours after your sclerotherapy injection
- Wear compression stockings to help reduce swelling and improve circulation in your leg(s)
- Take a pain reliever if needed (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) as directed by a doctor or pharmacist
What’s the Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Although they’re called “spider veins,” these tiny red veins are different than varicose veins. Varicose veins are larger, bluish and usually found on the legs. Spider veins are usually found on the face and sometimes in other areas of the body.
Are You a Candidate?
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or a family history of either, you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy.
If you are overweight or obese, sclerotherapy may help prevent future problems with varicose veins and spider veins. If your weight is already causing problems with your legs, make sure to consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to wait until after the pregnancy to start sclerotherapy treatment.
Spider veins are a common problem, but they’re also one that you can treat. The treatment is quick and easy, and it might even save you from having more serious vein work done in the future. If you want to learn more about sclerotherapy and see if it might be right for your spider veins or varicose veins, contact our office today!