The short answer to the question if sclerotherapy can treat spider veins is a resounding YES. It has been the treatment of choice for decades and is very effective in removing the visible bluish/purple veins permanently.
Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment that uses a chemical to destroy the spider vein so your body can absorb it like scar tissue. The spider vein gradually disappears permanently. Sclerotherapy is minimally-invasive and done in our offices. You can go home immediately after the procedure.
If you have symptoms such as swelling, burning, aching and night cramps, these will improve quickly. It usually takes about two weeks for the treated vein to disappear, but in some cases, it may take up to two months to see final results. Depending on the number and size of veins you want to remove, it may take several sclerotherapy treatments. Your existing spider veins may disappear, but new ones could form.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
When you show your spider veins to our specialist, you may learn more about the procedure and if it is suitable for you. Your medical history will be reviewed and we will conduct a physical exam. We will also check for any underlying vein conditions that require treatment. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should wait until after delivery and breastfeeding before having the treatment.
Our specialist will need to know if you have any serious medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, or coagulation disorder. You should mention if you take oral contraceptives or smoke as these can lead to healing complications. You will be asked to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medication and to stop smoking, if applicable, for a few weeks before and after the procedure.
What to Expect
During the procedure, you will lie on your back with your spider veins exposed. Your legs will be slightly elevated and the area to be treated will be cleaned with alcohol. A fine needle is used to insert the solution into the vein. When the needle is withdrawn, the doctor will put gentle pressure on the treated veins to make sure they stay closed.
After the procedure, you will be asked to walk around for a few minutes to help prevent blood clots and keep the blood flowing through healthy veins. You may be asked to wear a pressure bandage or compression stockings for one to three weeks to keep the pressure on the treated veins. You should avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight for two weeks after the procedure. You can return to your normal daily activities immediately after the procedure.
Sclerotherapy has been the standard treatment for the effective removal of spider veins for decades. Visit Ozark Regional Vein Center in Rogers, AR to learn more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!