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Sclerotherapy

Spider and varicose veins can have negative impacts on your appearance, especially when shorts, bikinis, or sundresses are the preferred styles. Although painless and harmless, these networks of veins can become an eyesore for many people who desire smooth skin. Sclerotherapy safely and efficiently treats unwanted varicose and spider veins while leaving your legs flawless and your confidence enhanced.

Benefits of Sclerotherapy

  • Treatment of spider veins
    • clusters of red, blue, and purple veins that have the shape of a spider’s web
  • Treatment of small to moderate varicose veins
    • swollen, twisted veins just under the skin that are dark blue or purple
  • Relief from related aching, burning, and swelling

Candidates

Candidates for sclerotherapy should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results. The best candidates are near or at their ideal weight with no history of blood clots or allergies to the injected solution. Patients who are annoyed by their small to moderate spider and varicose veins are good candidates for the procedure.

Procedure

Sclerotherapy is performed by our PA, Reana Myers, in our outpatient center with no downtime. Sclerotherapy injects a solution, known as a sclerosant called Asclera®, through a fine needle directly into the desired vein. Asclera® destroys the inner layer of the vessel by restricting its blood flow, causing it to collapse. The damaged vessel is then naturally absorbed by the surrounding tissue and will fade with time. This procedure takes between a half an hour to one hour, depending on the number of veins, and is the ideal treatment option for patients with small to moderate varicose and spider veins.

Recovery

Sclerotherapy patients experience minimal to no discomfort and can return to their normal activities the same day; however, we suggest that someone be present with you during the procedure to drive you home. You should refrain from any strenuous exercise and sun exposure for two weeks, as sun exposure can result in dark spots.

Although rare, patients are at risk for temporary hyperpigmentation, swelling, bruising, allergic reaction, and raised red areas. These potential side effects will dissipate with time.

Results

Results with sclerotherapy are permanent and can usually be seen within three to six weeks following the procedure, depending on the diameter and vein type. Smaller veins typically only require a single treatment session, while larger veins may require multiple treatments.

To schedule your sclerotherapy consultation with Reana Myers PA-C, MMS, contact our office at 305-960-7511.