Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Vein treatment

If you’re interested in the removal of spider veins, this treatment should be done in a doctor’s clinic. After our medical Aesthetician properly cleans your treatment area, she will employ a fine needle to make the blood vessel injection. This procedure is effective in the majority of patients. Although uncommon, the procedure is ineffective in some patients, too. If it turns out that the procedure doesn’t work to get rid of your spider veins, then you can talk with our Aesthetician about getting an alternative procedure. Laser therapy is just one such option.

The Aesthetician will first take a medical history and visually examine the problem veins. The patient will then lie down on an examining table, and the Aesthetician will use a thin needle to inject the compound into the vein to close it off. Your Aesthetician will determine how many veins can be treated at one time. The procedure generally takes between 30 to 60 minutes.

Results Time Frame

Veins typically require several weeks to fade post-procedure. In some cases, veins require a full month to go away completely. It is also possible that a patient needs to get multiple procedures to achieve their desired outcomes. It always depends on the specific situation of the patient. If your veins go away after this procedure, it’s unlikely that they’ll ever show up again. However, it is possible for new veins to emerge with time.

After the Procedure

Anesthesia isn’t necessary for treatment of spider veins. People who receive this medical procedure generally are all done in one-hour maximum. The entire process takes only 30 to 45 minutes. Once your procedure is done and you’re ready to leave, you will be able to drive and continue with typical, moderate day-to-day activities. You will be required to wear compression socks after the procedure to compress the treated veins. Generally, patients can return to normal activities. Minor discomfort from the procedure can be relieved with acetaminophen.

Risks of the Procedure

All medical procedures have certain risks associated with them. Sclerotherapy treatment of spider veins is considered a very safe therapy for your veins. With a well trained and experienced Aesthetician, the patient is exposed to minimal risk.  Although women can develop varicose veins during pregnancy, sclerotherapy for spider veins not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. There are a few risks associated with this procedure, including:

  • Skin discoloration. This most common side effect may take six months to a year to disappear. For some patients, it does not disappear.
  • Itching, blistering, and pain may occur in the area.
  • Scarring in the area.
  • Anaphylaxis (mild or severe) may be a reaction to the sclerosant. Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction. It affects the entire body. The symptoms include itching, hives, and a decrease in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, shock, and loss of consciousness. When symptoms quickly occur after exposure to an allergen, the more severe the reaction will probably be.

The sclerosant solution used in sclerotherapy  treatment of spider veins is called Polidocanol.

What is the Long-term Success Rate?

Several factors determine how long the results will remain:

  • Underlying condition. When you have Venous Reflux Disease, which is the backward flow of blood due to vein valves not closing properly, the therapy will more than likely be temporary.
  • Family history. Many people are genetically prone to problems with their veins. Once these blood vessels close, usually they do not reopen. However, over time new varicosities can occur.
  • Hormonal changes. During pregnancy, increased blood volume and hormonal changes worsen varicose and spider veins. Each subsequent pregnancy affects the veins more. Also, hormones during puberty, and menopause, as well as birth control pills affect the condition.
  • Postural habits. If you sit down or stand for extended periods of time without intervals of moving around to assist the circulation in your legs, varicosities can develop.
  • Exercise. Regular exercise and maintaining your ideal weight is helpful to your blood flow.

Spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy, is successful for about 80 percent of the people who undergo the procedure.

To see if this procedure is right for you or to answer specific questions you have, please contact Red Sands Vein and Laser at 435-673-2301