The Vein Treatment Center ©
Dr. Luis Navarro, MD, FACS
327 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
The Vein Treatment Center ©
Can you use sclerotherapy to treat spider veins? Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that often appear on the legs, face, or other areas of the body. While they are generally harmless, spider veins can be unsightly and may cause discomfort or pain in some cases. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to effectively treat spider veins, and one of the most popular and effective treatments is sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a solution directly into the spider veins. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessels, causing them to collapse and eventually fade from view. The procedure is performed in-office and typically takes less than an hour to complete.
There are two types of sclerotherapy: liquid sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy:
Liquid sclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid solution directly into the spider veins using a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessels, causing them to collapse and eventually disappear. This type of sclerotherapy is often used to treat smaller veins, and patients typically require multiple treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
Foam sclerotherapy, on the other hand, involves mixing the sclerosing solution with air or gas to create a foam-like mixture. This foam solution is then injected into the affected veins, where it can effectively treat larger veins that may not respond as well to liquid sclerotherapy. Foam sclerotherapy is a more recent innovation and has been shown to be highly effective, often requiring fewer treatment sessions than liquid sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy offers several benefits over other treatments for spider veins. It is a minimally invasive procedure that requires no incisions or anesthesia. The treatment is also relatively painless, and most patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. Additionally, sclerotherapy has a high success rate and typically requires only one or two treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
Before the procedure, the area being treated will be cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. A small needle will then be used to inject the sclerosing solution directly into the affected blood vessels. The solution will cause the blood vessels to collapse and stick together, and the body will eventually absorb the treated vessels. After the procedure, a compression bandage or stocking may be applied to the treated area to help reduce swelling and promote healing.
Following the procedure, patients can typically return to their normal activities immediately. However, it is important to avoid any strenuous exercise or activity for a few days after the treatment. The treated veins may appear darker or slightly raised initially, but they will gradually fade and disappear over time. Most patients will see noticeable results within a few weeks of the procedure.
Sclerotherapy is a suitable treatment for most people with spider veins, regardless of the severity of the condition. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions, or those with a history of blood clots. It is important to consult with a qualified vein specialist to determine if sclerotherapy is the best treatment option for you.
In summary, sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive and highly effective treatment for spider veins. With two different types of sclerotherapy available, patients can choose the option that is best suited to their individual needs.
If you are suffering from spider veins, don’t let them affect your confidence or quality of life. Dr. Luis Navarro at the Vein Treatment Center ©, established in 1982, located at 327 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 offers spider and varicose vein treatment services.
Contact us at 212-249-6117 to schedule a FREE consultation and learn more about how we can help permanently remove your spider veins.