If you're tired of hiding your legs because of unsightly spider veins, then Sclerotherapy may be a great option for you. Spider veins show up on the surface of the skin, usually on the face and legs—and that means they can be difficult to hide. Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard in varicose and spider vein treatment and has been around since the 1920s. It works by injecting a sclerosant, or hardening solution into the spider veins. This solution creates shrinkage in the target veins, causing it to fade and disappear. It is non-invasive and takes less than an hour to perform, with patients able to resume their daily activities immediately following treatment.
Luckily, there are ways to achieve the clear skin you desire, including treatment options that are both efficient and non-invasive.
About Spider Veins and Sclerotherapy
Spider veins are small blood vessels that appear on the skin’s surface anywhere on the body. They can appear red or purple and tend to form in clusters. Not to be confused with varicose veins, spider veins are flat on the skin, not raised. Spider veins can result from pressure, sun exposure and hormonal changes. Many women get spider veins on the legs after pregnancy. They can also be genetic if a person has a family history of rosacea or weak capillary systems. Overuse of harsh skin products can create spider veins as a side effect.
At Newtown MediSpa, we treat Spider Veins with Asclera, an injection sclerotherapy medicine was approved by the FDA in March of 2010 after being available in Europe for years, and is now available to treat not only spider veins but also reticular veins (those that are 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter). Asclera acts by damaging the cell lining of blood vessels. This causes the blood vessel to close, and it is eventually replaced by other types of tissue.
According to a study published in the June 2017 issue of Phlebology, Asclera is a proven, effective treatment for sclerotherapy and has demonstrated efficacy over other vein removal treatment options. The injection is generally well tolerated and has received a high patient satisfaction rating.
Before and After Scelrotherapy
Choosing the Right Practice
When patients come to us for sclerotherapy, we start with a full assessment of the area so we can educate and discuss treatment options with you. We encourage you to ask any questions, allowing you to know everything about the procedure and how it can help you. This allows you to make an informed decision regarding your treatment.
You can be confident that your treatment will be performed by one of our skilled nurse providers, who have years of experience of successfully treating Spider Veins.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the appointment?
Depending on the number of veins being treated, Sclerotherapy injections can be completed in as little as 60 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Some patients have told us they feel a slight sensation during the injections, so prior to your treatment, we will apply a topical numbing cream to make the treatment more comfortable for you. This treatment uses very tiny needles, and patients experience only a small prick with each injection. There may be tiny red marks at the injection site after treatment, and you can return to work or other activities immediately after the procedure.
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
In general, the sclerotherapy procedure is an excellent choice as long as you aren’t pregnant or have a history of blood clots in the treatment area. Most vein specialists prefer sclerotherapy for spider veins over laser treatments, particularly on the legs.
What is the procedure like?
After cleansing the area, your provider will use a very fine needle to inject the solution into the affected vein(s). After treatment, you only need a small bandage applied, much like after receiving a vaccine.
What kind of results can I expect?
After seeing the video above, you’re likely excited at the prospect of spider veins vanishing right before your eyes. However, these videos are very misleading. We tell our patients to expect full results within three to six weeks. Slightly larger veins can take several months, and many patients require more than one treatment.
After your sclerotherapy procedure, the treated veins do not return. However, we will also discuss with you lifestyle changes to help you prevent new spider veins and varicose veins from forming.
Is Sclerotherapy safe?
Sclerotherapy is considered safe for most patients. During your initial consultation, we will go over your medical history and examine your veins to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. This will include going over your medications, health conditions you’re currently being treated for, and any allergies you have. For most healthy patients, sclerotherapy is safe with only mild, short-term side-effects.
What are the side effects?
All medical treatments carry a certain degree of risks. However, side effects following a sclerotherapy procedure are generally very mild and well tolerated.
What is the aftercare for this treatment?
We will advise you to wear compression garments following your sclerotherapy procedure. This is to help speed up the healing process and improve your results. If you already have these stockings, please bring them to your treatment appointment. However, we do have compression stocking for sale.
A couple of weeks following your sclerotherapy treatment, you will return to our office for a follow-up to allow us to examine your results. This will also allow us to ensure you aren't experiencing any rare, but more serious, complications.
What if it didn't work?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the success rate of sclerotherapy remains steady at approximately 60 to 80 percent. In the 20 to 40 percent of cases where treatment doesn’t show full results after a single treatment, the sclerotherapy procedure can be repeated to improve your results.