What is Surface Sclerotherapy?
Surface sclerotherapy is the gold standard for treating spider and reticular veins. It is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that allows you to quickly get back to your normal routine.
The procedure involves injecting a sclerosant medication into your problematic veins. This sclerosant causes the veins to swell and eventually seal off blood flow. Some patients notice results right away, but for others it may take a few weeks to see the outcome of their treatment.
How Does It Work?
We will start by applying an alcohol solution to the treatment area, which will help us better see the spider and reticular veins. We may also use a vein light or magnifier if the veins are difficult to see.
We will then use a tiny needle to inject a sclerosant medication directly into the bad veins. The sclerosant will start a reaction in the veins that will cause them to seal off, and your body will naturally route blood flow to your healthy veins. Some veins may require several injections depending on their size and type.
Eventually your body will break down and absorb the treated veins.
What Happens After Treatment?
After treatment we will apply tape or band-aids to the injection points, and will apply a compression sock to your treated leg. We recommend that you wear the sock during the day for 4-5 days after the procedure.
We also recommend that you restrict your physical activity to walking on the day of treatment. You will be able to resume normal activity the next day. Some patients may experience bruising and discomfort after treatment, but ice packs and anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen will alleviate these symptoms.
You may need anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions depending on the type and number of veins being treated.