What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an in-office treatment used to help get rid of spider veins - tiny purple and red veins on the surface of the skin. Using a micro-needle, a special medication is injected into the spider veins, causing an injury to the vein which ultimately causes the body to make the vein fade and disappear.
How does it work?
The sclerotherapy medication causes a chemical injury to the inside of the spider vein prompting it to contract and ultimately scar itself closed. This takes repeated treatments to the same veins, usually 2 to 4 sessions. Patients often comment that they saw a video online that showed the spider veins instantly disappearing with the injection of medicine. This “disappearance” is actually just the medicine washing out the blood contained in the small, dilated capillary vein. In minutes blood refills the vein. The actual elimination of the veins takes weeks to months.
What should I expect after the procedure?
The resolution of these tiny veins is not immediate as several weeks are required for the veins to undergo significant resolution. There is little to no discomfort with spider vein sclerotherapy, which is performed in all of our offices, and no downtime is required following the procedure. Some of the treated veins will feel hard and even sore for a while. Pigmentation of the skin overlying the treated vein can occur but usually resolves without treatment. On rare occasion a small blister may be seen at an injection site. This will also resolve.
Will my spider veins come back after treatment?
Technically, no. The veins that are successfully treated are destroyed. A patient who has spider veins has a genetic tendency to produce these lesions. As a result, more veins can form in the future. Our approach is to thoroughly eliminate spider veins of all sizes – particularly the smallest developing spider veins so that reappearance of new veins takes a long time. Some of our patients come in annually for a touch up treatment.
Why Capitol Vein & Laser Centers?
We have been treating varicose and spider veins for over 20 years. Our experience has grown into the tens of thousands of injections. Both Dr. McNeill and Dr. Rosenberg are board certified in vascular surgery and phlebology and have been members of the American Society of Phlebology since its inception. By staying abreast of the latest techniques and advancements in treatments for problem veins of every kind, we ensure that our knowledge and experience are unsurpassed in this genre. Our RN injectors are experienced, caring and fastidious towards the treatments. We have every confidence that we can successfully treat any spider vein you bring to us.