Are you unhappy with the appearance of spider or reticular veins on your legs or feet? If this sounds like you, we have an effective treatment option to help diminish your self-consciousness. Sclerotherapy is a proven treatment option to collapse these pesky veins, for an overall improvement in your comfort.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment option to improve the appearance of varicose, reticular and spider veins. It involves injecting a solution into the small veins, which forces the blood to be redirected to unaffected veins. The lining of the veins then swell and stick together. Over time, the veins will then collapse and be reabsorbed by the body.
While this treatment option mainly targets the appearance of veins, it can also improve vein-related symptoms such as:
Cramping at night.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Healthy adults who are bothered by the appearance of their spider, reticular or varicose veins can often benefit from sclerotherapy. This treatment can also be a good option for those who are living with painful veins. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to wait to have this treatment done. A consultation appointment with Dr. Gray at our Bellevue, WA office is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Dr. Gray will refer you to a vascular surgeon if you have varicose veins that need to be treated.
The Sclerotherapy Treatment
On the day of your treatment, we will begin by marking the veins to be treated. The targeted area will be cleansed, and a fine needle will be slowly inserted into the vein. A solution will be administered, which will irritate the vein and cause it to swell shut, blocking blood flow. The vein will eventually disappear. While treatment is not painful, you may experience slight itching, stingng or cramping when the solution is administered into the vein. Once the targeted veins are treated; a compression hose will be applied and must be worn daily for two weeks. The number of injections needed will depend on the number and size of the veins being treated.
For treatment of small spider or reticular varicose veins, results can usually be seen after 3-6 weeks. While veins that are treated do not usually reappear, new veins may become visible over time.
Following your sclerotherapy treatment, you may experience temporary bruising or a darkening of the pigment where the veins were treated. Exercise must be avoided for 24 hours, but following this you can return to regular activities. You will be asked to wear compression stockings for a couple of weeks, and movement is important to prevent the formation of superficial blood clots.