One of the most common vein treatments for spider and varicose veins in the legs is Sclerotherapy, or injection therapy. This procedure is executed by injecting a mild chemical solution directly into the spider veins in your legs or into other areas. Vessel walls break down after the solution is injected causing the walls to become irritated. 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.
Often a touch up vein treatment session is necessary to clean up some vessels and make sure that none were missed the first session. This session typically happens a few weeks after the first treatment. In some cases, depending on the number of veins being treated, multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome.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.
Prior to a treatment session, it is important to follow our instructions to ensure a successful treatment. 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.
Bruising, swelling, and itching are all side effects that could follow the vein treatment. Though uncomfortable, these effects are only temporary and will resolve with time. The discomfort should last no longer than the time the procedure took; 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.