These days, many women find themselves struggling with the appearance of unsightly spider veins. If this is the case for you, sclerotherapy may be the right procedure to fix the problem. To learn more about sclerotherapy and how it can assist you in eliminating unwanted spider veins, consider the following information.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves injecting a solution into the affected vein. The injection causes the spider vein to first collapse and then fade.
Spider Veins: Causes And Treatment
Spider veins are small clusters of purple, blue, or red veins. They tend to appear on the ankles, calves, and thighs. In some cases, these spider veins can become highly visible at a young age. In other cases, the spider veins do not become conspicuous until much later on in life. There are different factors that can contribute to the appearance of spider veins, including:
- Occupations that involve prolonged standing/sitting
- Hormonal shifts
- Weight loss
Best Candidates For Spider Vein Treatment
The best spider vein treatment candidates conform to the following criteria:
- They are bothered by the appearance of spider veins on their bodies
- They are committed to following the cosmetic surgeon’s prescribed treatment instructions
- They have realistic goals and a positive outlook regarding the treatment plan
Spider Vein Treatment Procedure
Spider vein treatment incorporates the following steps:
During sclerotherapy, a sclerosing solution will be injected into the patient’s affected veins. This injection will irritate the vein’s insides. Over time, the vein will respond by first collapsing and then fading such that it is no longer visible. In the event that the patient has multiple spider veins, the sclerotherapy will involve multiple injections to ensure the collapse of each vein. Our treatment provider may use magnification and bright light to ensure optimal precision during the injection process.
Following the injection, the affected region will often be dressed with stockings or compressive tape. In some cases, an elastic Ace wrap will be applied. The injected area will often appear bruised at first. However, the color will slowly begin to fade over the next several weeks. Some patients experience a bit of hyperpigmentation during the recovery period. This hyperpigmentation will also fade, but the process can take several months.
Laser Treatment Option
Laser treatment is another form of treatment that individuals with spider veins can pursue. With this method, we will direct a beam of light at the spider vein. The light beam obliterates the vein through the patient’s skin. In some cases, more than one session of laser treatment may be needed to help the client attain optimal results. Laser therapy can be used in conjunction with Sclerotherapy injections to help the patient obtain optimal results.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you struggle with the appearance of spider or varicose veins, sclerotherapy can help you eliminate the appearance of these unwanted discolorations. To determine which method of sclerotherapy would be ideal for you contact Mariposa Medical Spa to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.