While spider veins are generally cosmetic in nature, they can do a lot of damage to a person's self-image. They can be quite noticeable, with dark, jagged lines covering large areas of the face and legs. If spider veins are keeping you from wearing the clothes you want or participating in the activities you enjoy, then sclerotherapy may be a worthwhile treatment for you.
Spider veins are like varicose veins, but smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. Often they are red or blue in appearance and can look like tree branches or spider webs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover very small or very large areas of skin.
Sclerotherapy is the most common cosmetic treatment for non-painful varicose veins and spider veins. Your physician will use a needle to inject a liquid chemical into the spider vein. This agent causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut. In a few weeks, the vein should fade. Most patients can return to normal activity right after treatment. You may be asked to wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy to help with healing and decrease swelling.
Smaller spider veins typically take three to six weeks to become lighter or disappear, while larger veins may take up to three to four months. Some veins may require more than one treatment to achieve the desired outcome. And while treated veins will not reappear, sclerotherapy will not prevent new veins from appearing; therefore, future treatments may be required.
Please let us know if you are taking antibiotics 7-10 days prior to or after the treatment. Let the staff know if you take aspirin daily. We will then determine if you will need to discontinue before any procedures. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are allowed. If you think you may be pregnant, please notify the Vein Nurse. Shower using antibacterial soap on the day of your procedure. Do not shave your legs the day of the treatment. Do not apply lotion, cream or oils to your legs before the procedure. Eat a light meal or drink juice one hour before the procedure. For your comfort, you may bring a pair of shorts to wear during the procedure. If you have compression hosiery, please bring them with you so we can make sure they will provide adequate support after the procedure.
Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. If you are late, you may be asked to reschedule. If you need to cancel, please call us as soon as possible or at least 24 hours before your appointment at 704-333-3794 ext. 2220.
You will be able to drive and resume regular activities after the treatment, and you are encouraged to walk. Expect to have minimal to mild pain, bruising, cramping and swelling for the first 24 hours after therapy.
Some patients may experience the following side effects after sclerotherapy:
Other side effects rarely develop after sclerotherapy.
For the best results follow these instructions:
Day 3 to 2 Weeks:
To schedule an initial consultation, please call 704-367-7877, or schedule your appointment online.