Spider veins or telangiectasia are those little red or purple veins on your legs or face that look like threads or spider webs. They don’t usually cause a medical problem, but they can be an aesthetic concern. Your existing spider veins can be removed with sclerotherapy and you can have clear skin again. Sclerotherapy has been used for decades as a treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. It is minimally-invasive and very effective.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment that damages the diseased vein so it seals closed and disappears. It involves injecting a chemical called a sclerosant into the vein that irritates the vein wall and coagulates the blood.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should wait until they deliver and are finished breastfeeding before having the treatment. When you talk to our vein specialist, you will learn more about the treatment and how to prepare for it. Your medical history will be required because we need to know if you have any cardiovascular problems, diabetes or coagulation problems.
After the Treatment
After the doctor injects the sclerosant into your spider veins, pressure may be applied to make sure the veins permanently closed. In certain cases, we may ask you to wear compression stockings to keep the vein closed. The time it takes for the treatment will depend on how many veins you are having treated at one sitting.
You will be asked to walk around for a few minutes after the treatment and can go back to work or other daily activities immediately. It is important to follow the instructions of our specialist for aftercare to get the best results. Sclerotherapy may permanently remove your spider veins, but new ones could form later.
To help prevent new spider veins from developing you may need to make some minor changes to your lifestyle. Obesity puts pressure on the veins in your legs that may lead to spider veins. Trauma or injury may also result in spider veins. If you like to spend a lot of time in the sun, be sure to use an effective sunscreen because excessive exposure to direct sunlight may also cause spider veins.
Our specialist may ask you to avoid sunlight on the treatment area for a few weeks before the treatment. You should also not take any anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days before the treatment. If you smoke, you will need to stop for at least two weeks before and after the treatment because smoking inhibits tissue healing.
You may be able to achieve clear skin from spider veins with sclerotherapy at Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers, AR. When you visit our office you can learn more about the procedure and if it is a good option for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!