Found on many parts of the body but especially the legs and face, spider veins can look purple, blue, or red and usually appear swollen and twisted. While spider veins may make you feel self-conscious, sclerotherapy can make them fade or disappear and give you back your confidence.
*individual results may vary.
Sclerotherapy is used as a treatment for spider veins as well as reticular veins. Many providers consider it the first line of treatment against spider veins. It works by causing treated veins to harden and collapse, allowing the body to carry away the remaining pigment naturally over a period of weeks or months.
Sclerotherapy injects an irritant, called a sclerosant, into the vein to be treated. This material irritates the walls of the vein and causes scarring, which will eventually cause the vein to harden and collapse. Because the spider vein was not working well anyway, blood flow redirects around it, and the body will slowly absorb the collapsed vein and its pigment. This process can take weeks to months after the vein has collapsed, so people should have reasonable expectations about how long it will take to see results.
Your provider may recommend that you stop taking medications like aspirin and ibuprofen since these could result in more bruising at the injection site. You should make sure to keep the skin free of any lotion or other products before the treatment to reduce the possibility of irritation. Make sure your provider has a list of all medicines you take and follow instructions about how to take them before your treatment. Some medications may affect bleeding or clotting. Ensure you are not going to be traveling for 7 days post injection as this can hinder circulation.
You will sit, sometimes with the treatment area slightly elevated, while your provider injects the sclerosant into the spider vein. You may feel a pinch or slight burning sensation during the injection. Your provider may massage the site to make sure the sclerosant has spread out through the vein. If you have multiple veins treated, your provider may apply compression bandages to keep the material in place while they work on your other veins.
You may see some bruising for a few days after treatment. You will wear compression stockings or a compression garment for up to two weeks after your procedure to compress the treated vein and help collapse it more quickly. You will need to walk or engage in some physical activity every day to keep blood flowing smoothly. However, you should wait a few days before returning to your regular exercise routine if this involves intense activity. You should not feel discomfort during your recovery time and should notify your provider if you have any discomfort that lasts more than a day or two after the procedure. The sclerosant solution can, on rare occasions, leak from the vein and cause irritation to the surrounding tissues. While not harmful, this can be uncomfortable.
Our expert providers here at Twin Ports Dermatology would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.
A sclerotherapy treatment costs $500 per session. However, this will vary depending on how many sessions you need, your geographical location, and other factors. Some people may want to have a number of veins treated, while others may need more than one session to achieve collapse of the problem veins.
If you seek treatment for symptomatic varicose veins, such as those that cause aching, burning, or discomfort, your insurance may cover your treatment. Symptomatic varicose veins are a medical problem requiring treatment. Talk to your provider to find out if you should talk to your insurance company. While cosmetic procedures will not receive coverage, some medical vein procedures can get covered and we would refer you to a vein specialist.
If you have spider veins or reticular veins and want to have them treated, you may be a good candidate. You should be in overall good health and have no history of clotting or bleeding problems. Make sure your provider knows if you take any medications or have a history of health concerns.
You should see your spider veins start to fade within a few weeks after therapy, although, you may have to wait several months to see the pigmentation fade. While your discolored veins should fade significantly, they may not disappear entirely. Even if some pigment remains, it will look much lighter and less noticeable than before treatment. With your spider veins faded, you may feel more confident showing off the areas you may have hidden before.
*individual results may vary
If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.
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*Individual results may vary