Do spider veins dictate what clothing you put on? Sclerotherapy can dissolve superficial blood vessels and restore skin. Get ready to show some leg.
Spider veins are red, blue, or purple blood vessels near the surface of the skin that form a linear or starburst pattern. Blood backflow, tight elastic, certain injuries and sun damage on fair skin are all causes of spider veins. Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause as well as birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy may also be contributing factors.
The veins are injected with concentrated saline water or a chemical solution, using a very fine needle. Mild burning or cramping may occur with each injection. The solution is an irritant, causing the vein to swell and the blood to clot. This effectively seals the vein off. It soon turns into scar tissue, which is absorbed by the body. In a matter of weeks the tissue is barely visible or impossible to detect.
It may take up to three sessions to remove a single network of blood vessels completely. Multiple sites can be treated in each sclerotherapy session.
Bandages will be applied to the treatment area, so on the day of the appointment, wearing a long skirt or loose-fitting pants is recommended. Please do not use a moisturizer on the treatment areas so that the cotton and tape bandages can adhere properly to the skin.
Please discontinue aspirin and aspirin-containing products at least one week before your sclerotherapy appointment.
Sclerotherapy is not suitable for people who are pregnant, take anticoagulant medications, or have a history of pulmonary embolism, thrombophlebitis, or clotting disorders.
Spider veins are largely genetic; there is little you can do to prevent them. However, the likelihood of spider veins forming on the face can be reduced by using proper sun protection.