Spider veins are an unsightly condition usually inherited, and commonly part of the aging process. Extended periods of sitting or standing, pregnancy, trauma to the legs, hormones, and other elements are all factors that can cause spider or varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is one of the best treatment for spider veins. It involves injecting a solution called a sclerosant, into spider or varicose veins with a very fine needle.
The solution causes the veins to inflame and collapse. Once the veins have collapsed, they are absorbed by the body’s natural responses and virtually fade away.
Sclerotherapy is a safe procedure with few risks or pain involved when performed by a certified clinician. The most common side effect is the development of brownish pigment in the treated area, which typically disappears within two to six months.
Sclerotherapy is beneficial to your circulation, in fact, the treatment eliminates veins that are no longer useful, and therefore, reduces pain and improves the health of your legs. Another great benefit is the improved cosmetic appearance of your legs.
Depending on the severity of your condition, and the extent of improvement desired, many patients see results after 3-5 treatments. Treatments last approximately thirty to forty-five minutes, and most patients can expect a 50% – 75% improvement after completing their procedures.
The national average is 3-5 treatments to get the best results. It may be necessary to have touch-up treatments every year or so to counteract the appearance of new spider veins.
Following the procedure, the majority of patients can return home immediately wearing compression stockings. It is highly recommended to avoid any high impact exercise for one week following the injections to promote healing and to prevent further damage to the veins.
Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure. We recommend walking for fifteen minutes every hour.
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