A rather simple, non-surgical procedure used to treat spider veins, which are small purple and red blood vessels. Spider veins are most commonly hereditary, but can also be caused by: pregnancy; hormonal shifts; weight gain; prolonged standing or sitting; certain medications; trauma specific to an area; and sun damage. They usually appear on the thighs and lower legs, but can be found on other parts of the body. Using this procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution which causes them to collapse and fade from view. This is a no-downtime procedure that is safe and virtually painless. Sclerotherapy may be used on conjunction with laser vein removal or as a stand-alone treatment.
Are you one of the many people out there with unsightly bulging or bright red or blue (or even purple) varicose veins? Also referred to colloquially as “spider veins”, these are usually the result of blood flow valves not acting as they should. But there’s no medical reason to let these veins stay this way. In fact, many of the smaller ones are largely superficial and can be obliterated entirely while others can at least be diminished in appearance. That’s where the practice of sclerotherapy comes into play. This is a highly effective procedure that has been used by medical professionals and cosmetic technicians since the 1930s and is generally very safe.
How Sclerotherapy Works
The sclerotherapy process overall is actually quite simple. It begins when a chemical or salt solution known as the “sclerosant” or “sclerosing agent” is injected into a vein. This chemical then acts to damage the innermost lining of the vein and cause a small blood clot, which then cuts the vein off from circulation. As the clot is reabsorbed by the body, the vein (now scar tissue) fades and disappears from sight. The results are not instantaneous, but most patients see permanent vein fading within a few weeks to a month. Multiple treatments may be necessary depending on the severity of the issue and the patient’s reaction to sclerotherapy.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
The benefits of undergoing sclerotherapy treatment can actually be both medical and cosmetic. On the medical side, having bulging, oversized veins can unfortunately predispose the patient to blood clots and other issues, so decreasing their size and/or removing them entirely can greatly offset the risk of future related health problems. Of course, removal of varicose veins in general is also highly desirable for cosmetic purposes as it helps to even out skin tone appearance and creates a rejuvenated look in general.
How to Get the Best Results
Before undergoing a sclerotherapy procedure there are a few things you can do to help yourself achieve the best results:
- Avoid sun exposure to the treated area for two weeks following the procedure. While the healing process is naturally very fast, unnecessary sun exposure can cause damage to the area.
- Don’t engage in strenuous exercise for a few days following the procedure. Again, this is to avoid any damage to the tissues in the treated area.
- Wear compression stockings during recovery. This will help prevent any inflammation.
About the Clear Skin Institute
The Clear Skin Institute of Laser Aesthetics was established in 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona and is now both a comprehensive training center and a full-service treatment facility. Specializing in non-surgical cosmetic (though as in the case of sclerotherapy, sometimes medical) procedures, the Clear Skin Institute maintains the goal of helping patients achieve their best skin and feel confident in any season. If you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy, call or fill out our online contact form today.