Sclerotherapy is a proven method for the treatment of spider veins as well as varicose veins. Spider veins are those tiny veins near the surface of the skin that become enlarged. As a result, they become visible and look like fine lines that are bunched together. They can appear interwoven and resemble a spider web, which is where they get their name.
Sclerotherapy is done when the doctor uses a small needle to inject a solution into the veins that are being treated. The solution is called a sclerosant. It is typically a salt-like solution that irritates the lining of the veins and causes them to close. The blood flow is then routed by the body through other vessels, so there is no loss in blood flow as a result of the procedure. When the veins close, they turn into scar tissue. Over the course of the following months, the scar tissue disappears from view.
If you have spider veins and are not satisfied with the impact they have on your appearance, you should ask our provider if sclerotherapy is a valid treatment option for you. Your condition will be evaluated and, if there are larger vessels that need to be treated, they will likely be treated first. In either case, a treatment plan will be developed and discussed with you.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that is not difficult for doctors to perform. It is the oldest of all the treatment methods that are used today. There is very little risk involved and the results are nearly always positive. Depending on the size and number of the veins to be treated, more than one session may be required.
Because spider veins are visible through the skin, visual sclerotherapy is normally the method of choice. Doctors usually do not need the help of ultrasound to treat these veins.
Sclerotherapy treatments do not require a hospital stay. They are done in a doctor’s office with the individuals receiving the treatments returning home immediately afterwards. Patients can expect to return to their regular daily routines right away.
If you have spider veins and want to have them removed, visit The Vein Center, so we can make sure sclerotherapy is an option for you. Contact us today to make an appointment at out office in Mount Pleasant.