Spider veins are those tiny, web-like veins that can appear on the legs and face. They can be bothersome and detract from the smooth and even skin that you want. Finding a fast and effective treatment can help you to get rid of spider veins without downtime or discomfort. Sclerotherapy, a non-surgical treatment, has long been a reliable option to address these unsightly veins, offering promising results without invasive interventions.
At Nunnally Dermatology, we merge the science of medical skin care with cosmetic rejuvenation for our services in Baton Rouge, LA. Led by Dr. Nunnally, we are committed to providing treatments like sclerotherapy to those who seek to address their spider veins with a time tested method.
What Are Spider Veins and How Can We Treat Them?
Spider veins are very small dilated blood vessels that usually appear on the legs. Although spider veins are not harmful to one’s health they frequently cause people to be self-conscious when wearing shorts or bathing suits. Spider veins are not needed for your circulation so they can be safely eliminated with a procedure called sclerotherapy. Although lasers have been used to treat spider veins effectively on the face, they have not been shown to be successful when treating the legs. Sclerotherapy is still considered the gold standard of treatment for spider veins on the legs.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Faulty valves within the veins are the primary cause behind the formation of spider veins. Veins are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart, and they contain one-way valves to prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves do not function properly, blood can accumulate in the veins. This buildup leads to the dilation and twisting of the veins, resulting in the characteristic appearance of spider veins.
Several common causes can contribute to the development of spider veins. Genetics plays a significant role; if your family members have spider veins, there’s an increased likelihood that you might develop them too. Factors such as prolonged standing or sitting, hormonal changes during life events like pregnancy or menopause, and even sun exposure can also contribute to their emergence. Age and obesity are additional risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing spider veins over time.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy treatment is a medical treatment used to treat spider veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy for spider veins has been recognized for its efficiency. During treatment, a solution is injected into the veins. The substance causes the lining of the veins to become inflamed. The targeted inflammation leads to scarring of the vessel which the body then resorbs over a period of four to six weeks.
How is Sclerotherapy Performed?
A sclerotherapy session is performed with a saline solution that is injected directly into the undesired veins on the legs with a very fine needle. The solution causes the veins to collapse and eventually fade away. The session is short and comfortable. Patients might feel a mild stinging or cramping sensation at the injection site. Post-treatment, the treated areas may appear slightly red or bruised, but you can still go back to your normal routine.
What Are the Benefits of Sclerotherapy?
A More Effective and Predictable Treatment
Choosing sclerotherapy means opting for a method that has consistently shown efficacy for many different cases. When compared to other options, sclerotherapy outcomes are not just effective but also predictable, giving patients peace of mind and confidence in the treatment they’ve selected.
Non-Invasive Spider Vein Treatment
With sclerotherapy, there’s no requirement for surgical incisions or prolonged hospital stays. The treatment is straightforward making it a preferred choice for those seeking a less aggressive approach.
Can Improve Aesthetics
Through injection sclerotherapy, spider veins are addressed directly, leading to an enhancement in the overall appearance of the legs. This method can give you a more uniform look with clearer and more beautiful skin.
Can Offer Long-Lasting Results
The effects of sclerotherapy for spider veins can be long-lasting if not permanent. This means that patients can go long periods of time before considering additional treatments for new spider veins.
The post-treatment period with sclerotherapy is another reason it stands out. The recovery time is minimal, often allowing patients to get back to their regular routines within a short timeframe.
Care After Sclerotherapy
Following sclerotherapy, you will be able to drive yourself home and resume regular activities. Walking is encouraged, but other exercising should be avoided for three days after sclerotherapy. You will be instructed to wear support stockings for one week following the procedure to increase the benefits of the procedure.
FAQs About Sclerotherapy
How Many Treatments Are Required?
The number of treatments required varies depending on the number of spider veins each patient needs to be treated. Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes. Appointments should be scheduled at least six weeks apart in order for the full effect of each treatment to be seen. Usually, 60% of the veins injected disappear after that treatment. Once resorbed by the body, these veins do not reappear. Because spider veins are a genetic condition new blood vessels will appear over time.
Is Sclerotherapy Painful?
Sclerotherapy involves the use of very fine needles, and while most patients describe the sensation as a mild sting or cramp during the injection, it’s generally well-tolerated. The sensation is brief, and any discomfort typically subsides shortly after the treatment. Topical numbing cream can be used to dull the sensation of the injection.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Individuals who are in good health and have visible spider veins or smaller varicose veins are often considered good candidates for sclerotherapy. However, you will always need to consult with us to make sure the treatment is appropriate for your specific condition and medical history.
Can Treated Spider Veins Come Back?
While injection sclerotherapy effectively addresses and eliminates the targeted spider veins, it doesn’t prevent new ones from forming in the future. Regular follow-ups and monitoring can help manage and treat any new spider veins that might emerge.
How Should I Prepare for My Sclerotherapy Treatment?
Preparation for sclerotherapy often involves avoiding certain medications and supplements that can increase bruising. It’s also recommended to avoid applying lotions or creams to the treatment area on the day of your session. Your provider will give you a detailed list of pre-treatment instructions tailored to your specific needs.
Treat Spider Lines With Sclerotherapy
At Nunnally Dermatology, we’re dedicated to offering effective treatments like sclerotherapy to address spider veins and other cosmetic concerns. We love serving Baton Rouge, LA, and we pride ourselves on combining medical expertise with compassionate care. If you’re considering sclerotherapy or have any questions about the treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (225) 769-3376. You can also contact us through our online form, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.