Spider veins are tiny purple and red blood vessels found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs. Varicose veins are larger veins that are raised with a bluish color. Your spider veins and varicose veins can be eliminated permanently through a simple office procedure called sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy, appropriate for varicose veins and spider veins, is an in office procedure in which a solution is injected into the offending vein. The tiny needle generally causes very little pain. The injected solution causes the vein to change color to a white and then gradually disappear. A typical treatment may last for 15 to 20 minutes and consist of multiple injections, helping eliminate the need for a surgical procedure.
Most patients require multiple injections to completely correct their targeted veins. In most cases, about 50-70% of the treated vessels will be permanently resolved. However, new veins may appear and additional treatments at 3-week intervals are generally required for optimum results.
You may be required to wear compression stockings to help keep pressure on the treated area. Slight swelling and bruising usually disappears after the first week. A tan or brownish pigment may persist for 6 to 8 weeks when larger veins are involved. Occasionally, small, harmless easily removed clots can develop at the injection site. Patients avoid vigorous activity but are able to resume normal activity immediately. Final results may not be apparent for several months.
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