Sclerotherapy & Laser for Leg Veins

Spider veins are small, discolored blood vessels found on the skin of the face, chest, neck, and legs. They may appear in a sunburst or spider web pattern or as a series of short, unconnected lines. On the legs, they can appear in association with larger varicose veins. They may be sparse and scattered, or multiple and concentrated on several areas of the leg. While spider veins do not usually cause pain or discomfort, some people feel less confident because of them.

Sclerotherapy is the most popular treatment option for spider and varicose veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy involves injecting small doses of a solution directly into the unwanted vein with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the vein, causing it to swell, stick together, and the blood to clot. This essentially seals off the treated vein from other veins. Over a period of weeks, the treated vein turns into scar tissue that is absorbed by the body. Eventually, the scar tissue becomes barely noticeable or invisible.

Sclerotherapy is the most popular treatment option for spider and varicose veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy involves injecting small doses of a solution directly into the unwanted vein with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the vein, causing it to swell, stick together, and the blood to clot. This essentially seals off the treated vein from other veins. Over a period of weeks, the treated vein turns into scar tissue that is absorbed by the body. Eventually, the scar tissue becomes barely noticeable or invisible.

Sclerotherapy is performed in our office and does not require anesthesia. A treatment session generally lasts 15 to 20 minutes. A number of veins can be treated during one treatment session, and some veins may be injected more than once. Commonly veins require more than one treatment session, and a specific treatment plan is made for every patient.

Sclerotherapy can be safely used on all skin types, but there are potential side effects. Some side effects include:

  • Stinging or pain at the injection site and muscle cramps
  • Red, raised areas at the injection sites
  • Brown lines or spots on the skin at the treated sites
  • Clusters of fine, red blood vessels developing near the injection sites
  • Small, painful ulcers at treatment sites
  • Temporary bruises
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Inflammation of treated blood vessels

To learn more about the benefits of Sclerotherapy, please call our office today to schedule a consultation and find out if this procedure is right for you.

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