Here at The Parker Skin & Aesthetic Clinic, we use a combination of sclerotherapy and lasers to treat unwanted spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat painful, unsightly spider veins. These veins are treated by injecting a solution of sodium chloride directly into the damaged veins, causing irritation and eventual clotting and collapse of the vein. After being injected with a sclerosant solution, the damaged veins collapse and turn into scar tissue that eventually fades and is absorbed into the bloodstream. This safe procedure is performed in our office and takes less than an hour. No anesthesia is needed for this procedure, and most patients experience only minimal pain and a mild burning sensation. The skin is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and sclerosant is then injected into the affected veins with a very fine needle. The number of injections made during each session depends on the number and length of the damaged veins. Typically, one injection is made for every inch of spider vein. We also utilize lasers to work in conjuction with the sclerotherapy injections.
Patients can return home shortly after sclerotherapy, and most can return to work and other normal activities the same day. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for 7 to 10 days. Compression and support bandages may need to be worn for a few days after the procedure, and some patients may experience mild bruising and pigmentation after sclerotherapy. These side effects usually subside on their own after a few days.
Since bruising may occur, it may be a few weeks before the true results of sclerotherapy are visible. Results are usually fully visible after 3 to 6 weeks. It is reported that up to 80 percent of damaged veins can be eliminated during each sclerotherapy session. Patients can help preserve the results of sclerotherapy and prevent new veins from appearing by maintaining an active life after the procedure.
Although sclerotherapy is a safe procedure that has been successfully performed for many years, there are certain risks and side effects associated with any medical procedure. Some of these side effects include lumpy, hard veins, raised red areas, brown lines or spots, swelling, allergic reactions or infection. We would be happy to discuss these possible side effects with you and answer any other concerns you may have about the sclerotherapy procedure.
Most patients with spider veins are good candidates for sclerotherapy, although the procedure should not be performed on pregnant women or patients who have had a blood clot in the past. If you are interested in the sclerotherapy procedure, please call us today to schedule a consultation.
The Parker Skin & Aesthetic Clinic is dedicated to providing the highest level of expertise regarding skin care and cosmetic services, enabling you to confidently look and feel your best. We would like to welcome you into an environment where all members of our team of physicians, nurses and aestheticians are available to best meet your personal needs - whether simple or complex. We are committed to continue bringing Northeast Ohio the latest laser technology and the best skin care products and procedures that science has to offer. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.