Sclerotherapy for Leg Veins
Visible veins in your legs can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and even painful. There are two types of veins. Small, superficial ones are called spider veins, and the larger ones are called varicose veins. Although laser treatment is available, Dr. Jonith Breadon has found that the most effective technique is sclerotherapy.
The procedure is simple, usually completed in 15 to 45 minutes. It consists of a special solution, known as a sclerosant, which is injected into the problem veins. It essentially kills the vein, which is harmless because it was not functioning. There is minimal discomfort or downtime; however, you will need to wear compression stockings for seven days. Many people choose to have treatment in the late fall or winter months, when the stockings can be covered.
Results of treatment are not instant, but veins fade very quickly. For many patients, one session is sufficient for full correction. Dr. Breadon usually asks patients to return after about three weeks, for an evaluation. If the vein is still visible at this time, a second treatment is recommended. In a few cases, with very large and ropey veins, surgery may be needed. We will refer you to skilled vascular surgeon, if necessary.
The procedure is highly predicable, with little risk of side effects. Occasionally there may be some discoloration, which will gradually fade; it is essentially a stain beneath the skin. Rarely, a small ulcer may develop along the vein. This happens if a bit of the solution migrates to the surface, and it will heal.
The results of sclerotherapy are permanent; once a vein has faded, it will not return. You may need additional treatments in the future, if new problem veins develop. Unfortunately, the conditions that caused your spider or varicose veins are not likely to change, meaning that more could develop. Many people are genetically predisposed, and aggravating factors such as standing or sitting for extended periods at work, are not easily altered.
Sclerotherapy is an excellent option for most people with spider or small to moderate varicose veins. You can be proud to show off your legs, and enjoy relief from aching veins in just a few weeks. Call Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery at
(855) 400-3818 and schedule an appointment to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you.