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What Is Sclerotherapy?

Non-Surgical Spider Vein Treatment

There are effective, safe, and relatively painless methods available for treating spider veins. At SkinMD, our team of accomplished providers can treat this condition without invasive surgery or painful procedures. According to the American Society Of Plastic Surgeons, Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. During sclerotherapy, your SkinMD provider uses a very thin needle to inject a medicated solution into the targeted veins. As a result, the veins collapse and shrink.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, or telangiectasia, occur when small blood vessels close to your skin’s surface enlarge enough to become visible. The branched appearance of these red, purple, and blue veins tends to resemble spider webs. Although spider veins can develop anywhere on your body, they’re most common on your face and legs.

In some patients, spider veins become noticeable from a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later in life.

Causes of spider veins

Spider veins show up more frequently on the legs of women who are pregnant, are aging, have gained weight, or who work on their feet for prolonged periods of time. Spider veins most commonly are seen on the lower legs, particularly around the calves. A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins in the legs, including:

  • Heredity
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight fluctuation

Who is a good candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a good option if you:

  • Are bothered by spider veins on your body
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have not been pregnant for a minimum of three months
  • Are able to follow the detailed instructions issued before and after sclerotherapy
  • Acknowledge that the treatment will not stop the formation of future veins
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your spider vein treatment

What results should I expect after Sclerotherapy?

Most patients see results after just one treatment. You can go straight back to work with no downtime after your sclerotherapy. 

Are you ready for your non-invasive Sclerotherapy treatment? Call our office to book an appointment at SkinMD.



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