What is Surface Sclerotherapy?
Surface sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that is used to treat spider and reticular veins, which are small, visible blood vessels that can appear on the surface of the skin. These veins are typically not dangerous, but they can be unsightly and cause discomfort for some patients.
The procedure involves injecting a sclerosant medication, a solution that irritates the vein walls, into the problematic veins. This causes the veins to swell and eventually seal off blood flow. Over time, the treated veins are naturally absorbed by the body and fade away.
How does Surface Sclerotherapy work?
Before the procedure, we apply an alcohol solution to the treatment area to help visualize the spider and reticular veins. Then, using a tiny needle, the sclerosant is injected into the veins. The number of injections required will depend on the size and number of veins being treated.
What happens after treatment?
After the procedure, we may apply tape or band-aids to the injection points and may also recommend wearing a compression sock to aid healing. Patients may return to physical activity and exercise immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience bruising or discomfort after treatment, but these symptoms can usually be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Patients may require one or several sclerotherapy sessions depending on the severity of their spider or reticular veins. The full treatment results may not be visible for several months.
Surface sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for spider and reticular veins. It is minimally invasive, allowing patients to quickly return to their regular routine, and has a low risk of complications.