Dr. Soares performs sclerotherapy at our main location in Spring. Sclerotherapy, which is a top treatment for spider and reticular veins on the back and side of the calf and thigh areas, has been used successfully for years, and involves injecting a saline solution directly into the veins that causes their linings to contract and the veins to disappear. The veins normally fade over a 2 to 3-month period. The entire procedure takes about thirty minutes to complete. There may be mild discomfort from the injection, but this only lasts one or two minutes and delivers superior results for most patients. Sclerotherapy treatments are less painful in the treatment of spider veins than laser vein removal. The cost of treating spider veins using sclerotherapy treatments are less expensive than laser spider vein removal. Not all veins respond to sclerotherapy, but it is successful in treating 50 to 80-percent of the unsightly veins each session.
Spider veins are tiny dilated blood vessels located nearest the surface of the skin. They often pose no health concern but might become painful after prolonged standing. Most often spider and reticular veins are treated by sclerotherapy for cosmetic reasons.
Though they are more common in women, men also are not exempt from spider, reticular and varicose veins. It is estimated that 40% of women are afflicted with unsightly or painful leg veins. Heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, being overweight plus a sedentary lifestyle are predominant contributors of leg veins.
It may take up to three sessions 6-8 weeks apart to achieve desired results. It is not recommended to inject the same area more than twice within 6 months.
For best results following treatment, you are strongly encouraged to elevate and ice the treated area for 72 hours and wear compression garments for a minimum of 4 weeks. Walking and low impact exercise can be resumed after 72 hours, but higher impact exercises, which include jogging, are discouraged for 4 weeks as it may compromise the result of the treatment. Medications or supplements which thin the blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, coumadin, vitamin E, Liquor, garlic, St. John’s Wort, and ginko could reduce the effectiveness of procedure. Temporary side effects of sclerotherapy include slight swelling from the leg or foot, bruising, itching, or brownish discoloration of the treated area are common and may last for up to 6 weeks.
In some cases, Dr. Soares may require a non-invasive vascular ultrasound before treatment to ensure sclerotherapy is going to be a safe and effective resolution to your leg veins.