To clear spider veins and broken capillaries on the legs
Concentrated saline solution eliminates or markedly reduces unsightly red or blue leg veins (varicosities) or broken capillaries (telangiectasias).
Downtime: 2 to 3 days
Number of treatments: 2 to 4, 3 to 4 weeks apart depending on the extent and depth of the vessels.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the standard of treatment for the small or superficial leg veins. A saline-like solution is injected into the vein causing it to become irritated and collapse. The vein is then gradually absorbed by the body.
How is Sclerotherapy used?
Spider veins commonly occur in women and are primarily caused by genetics and hormones although obesity, trauma and prolonged sitting and standing can also play a role. Sclerotherapy is not recommended for anyone who has had previous blood clots in the legs or lungs.
What to expect?
Patients report little discomfort from the tiny needle used to treat spider veins. Some people experience a slight to moderate burning sensation immediately after the injection, but this disappears within a few seconds. You should allow at least 2 weeks after treatment for the bruising to subside. Walking is essential but running, aerobics and exercises causing abdominal contractions should be avoided for one week after treatment.
How long do treatments last?
Usually 2 to 5 treatment sessions are required for optimal improvement. Most patients see lightening and/or disappearance of the majority of treated veins; however, you will most likely continue to get new tiny broken vessels over time.