Treat Spider Veins with This Simple Procedure
Spider veins are small pink, purple, or red veins that can appear on the surface of the skin. These superficial veins can be caused by genetics, pregnancy, obesity, trauma, and some medications. Sclerotherapy injections are an effective treatment to address spider veins that are unsightly or that cause discomfort.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy has been proven to deliver significant cosmetic results. This procedure can effectively treat symptoms including:
- Aching, cramping, or tired legs
- Swelling of ankles and legs
- Burning sensations
- Discomfort in the legs
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Depending on the amount of veins being treated, sclerotherapy takes approximately 15 – 30 minutes to complete. A solution is administered to the vein through a small needle. The vein then closes and the blood is redirected to healthy veins. The treated, unhealthy vein walls collapse and are naturally dissolved by the body.
After Sclerotherapy Treatment
Anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided for at least 48 hours following treatment, as tissues must heal naturally. Compression stockings or bandages are required to be worn for up to a few weeks following the treatment. Light activity and walking is encouraged to prevent clotting. Sun exposure, hot baths, saunas, hot compressions and strenuous activity should be avoided for a few weeks following the procedure to prevent inflammation. Results will become noticeable within 3 to 6 weeks following the treatment. Multiple sessions may be necessary for optimal results.
Most insurance companies cover treatment of painful varicose veins. Treatment of spider veins is considered a cosmetic procedure and not commonly covered by insurance companies.