If you have spider and varicose vein in your leg, there’s a chance you’ve thought about how to get rid of them. The good news is that there is a procedure that can help you out called Sclerotherapy, or injection therapy. This is done by injecting a mild chemical solution directly into the spider veins in your legs or into other areas. The vessel walls in the veins become irritated and collapse. Once this vein has collapsed, natural processes in the skin will absorb the vein and reallocate the blood to a healthy vain to maintain proper circulation.
A touch up vein treatment session is often necessary to clean up some vessels and make sure that none got missed during the first session. This normally happens a few weeks after the first session. In some cases, multiple sessions could be necessary, especially if there are a large number of veins being treated. During a sclerotherapy treatment session, multiple injections are necessary to perform the procedure. Patients describe the injections as feeling like bee stings, mosquito bites or pinpricks.
Before the treatment session, it is extremely important to follow all of the instructions. This will help ensure that the treatment is successful. Any medications or foods that may cause easy bleeding should be avoided. After a treatment, patients are asked to begin wearing compression stockings immediately and to continue to do so for one week. Prescriptions for compression stockings are typically written during the consultation visit. Normal daily activities can begin immediately after the treatment, although some restrictions will be in place to ensure the best cosmetic result.
Some of the side effects that follow the treatment include bruising, swelling, and itching. These effects can be a pain, and they are undoubtedly uncomfortable. They are only temporary though; the discomfort should only last for 20-30 minutes.
While there is a laser at Skin Wellness to treat veins, it is better used as an adjuvant treatment. Sclerotherapy remains the gold standard. Age revealing veins on the back of the hands can also be reduced with sclerotherapy.