Considered the treatment of choice for spider leg veins, sclerotherapy is minimally invasive. It involves injecting a solution directly into veins that causes them to scar and collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
The procedure can also improve related symptoms such as aching, swelling, burning and night cramps.
Treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take up to two months to see the full results.
Why choose sclerotherapy for spider veins?
- It is considered the treatment of choice for spider leg veins
- The treatment is minimally invasive
- The procedure can also improve related symptoms such as aching, swelling, burning and night cramps
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Your doctor will use a fine needle to slowly insert a solution into the appropriate vein. The solution works by irritating the lining of the vein, causing it to swell shut and block the flow of blood.
How long does it take?
A typical treatment session may last up to 30 minutes and will consist of microinjections. If there are many veins being treated, the procedure may take longer.
When will I see results?
Over 2-4 weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades, eventually becoming virtually unnoticeable or invisible.
How long will the results last?
Spider veins may recur or a new spider vein may appear in the same area as the removed vein.
Does it hurt?
There is a little sting associated with each injection. The burning sensation lasts few seconds. Most do not require anesthesia and the majority of patients claim that the procedure is much less painful than what they anticipated.
Is there any harm in removing spider veins?
Spider veins have no function and removing them does no harm. The only reason they are removed is for cosmetic reasons.
How quickly will I recover?
There is some mild pain and the injected site will appear bruised and swollen for a few days. After the first 2 days, most patients can resume to normal activities.
What can I expect following the treatment?
After injection, your vein may look swollen or red, which indicates that the solution is working. Each injection site will be pressed with gauze or other compression agents.
Sclerotherapy is Available at these Locations:
- Bethesda – Drs. Jaffe, O’Neill & Lindgren
- Glen Burnie
- Mt. Airy
- Rockville – Montgomery Dermatology
- Rockville/Bethesda – Katz Dermatology
- Vienna, Virginia