Spider veins are small colored blood vessels that are easily visible on the skin. While most people want to remove spider veins because of their appearance, they can also cause severe pain and other medical problems. One of the best ways to treat spider veins is Sclerotherapy, a procedure that has been around for nearly 100 years that will gradually eliminate the spider veins in a few weeks.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a salt solution directly into the spider veins. The salt then begins to irritate the blood vessel lining. This irritation causes the blood vessels to swell together, turning the vessel into scar tissue a few weeks after Sclerotherapy treatment, and they are no longer visible through the skin.
There may be a mild discomfort or cramping for a few minutes after the salt solution is injected into the spider veins, but this usually only occurs in large veins. Depending on the amount of spider veins being treated, the entire Sclerotherapy procedure should take no more than 30 minutes.
While Sclerotherapy is an extremely effective procedure, not everyone can receive the treatment. Sclerotherapy is not for anyone that is pregnant, currently on birth control or if they have a history of blood clots. If the spider veins are occurring in veins that would be used during a heart bypass surgery, then you are also ineligible for Sclerotherapy.
You will be able to leave our office and drive yourself home after treating your spider veins with Sclerotherapy. Walking regularly and resuming your normal activities are extremely encouraged after treatment. To increase the success of the procedure, you will need to wear compression hosiery around the injections sites. Hot baths, direct exposure to the sun and anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided for the next two days after getting Sclerotherapy. You will be able to take a shower, but the water must not be extremely hot. If you attempt to clean the injection sites, then you have to use a mild soap and room temperature water. This is best done outside of the shower.
There may be some mild side effects after getting Sclerotherapy for your spider veins. The most common side effects associated with this procedure are bruising and itching around the injection site. The itching should only last for a few days, but it may take a few weeks before the bruises completely heal.
At Breeze Laser Center in Orlando, we specialize in laser treatments for a variety of conditions – including Sclerotherapy for spider veins. During your consultation, our team of medical experts will work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Contact Breeze Laser Center today to schedule your consultation.