Description: Injection of benign spider and varicose veins, usually in the legs, using a sclerosing solution, which makes veins less visible
Length of Procedure: 15 to 45 minutes per treatment
In/Out Patient: Outpatient
Anesthesia: None required
Recovery Time: Return to work immediately or next day. Moderate exercise in 24 hours. May need to wear support hose or a compression wrap for two days to two weeks
Treatment Frequency: Three to four monthly treatments, depending on size of area
Risks: Blood clots at injection site, pigmentation changes
Duration of Results: Long-lasting; however, schlerotherapy does not prevent new veins from appearing
Five Essential Questions for your Dermatologist reqarding Spider Vein treatment:
1. What is your experience treating veins and vascular lesions of the face, body and legs?
2. What techniques do you regularly practice and which of these techniques do you recommend to me?
3. How many treatments will I require to achieve my goals? Is this form of treatment safe for my skin type?
4. What type of recovery will I require?
5. Will you treat me yourself, or will it be a member of your staff? What are his or her qualifications?
Leg veins can be more than a cosmetic issue. Abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels (varicose veins) can lead to pain in the legs as well as to health conditions such as phlebitis (inflammation of the vein), thrombosis (clots in the vein) and venous ulcers (open sores due to poor circulation and fluid retention).