In order to locate the root cause of spider vein growth, every patient receives an ultrasound. This painless procedure will identify damaged vessels and is necessary to ensure the proper vessels are targeted and the right treatment is chosen. In many cases, sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice.
During the treatment, a small amount of solution is injected into the damaged veins. The solution causes the vein walls to become sticky and close. Over the next several weeks the body removes the treated vessels. Newer FDA approved solutions, such a Polidocanol, are more effective with fewer side-effects and cause little to no discomfort.
Do I Need To Have An Ultrasound Before Doing Sclerotherapy?
It is very strongly encouraged, especially if there are bulging veins, swelling, pain or a host of other symptoms.
Do I Need To Wear Compression Stockings After Treatment?
Yes. The current recommendation is 3 weeks day and night. We carry a line of stockings in our office, or you can order custom stockings from RejuvaHealth at 1-877-773-5882.
What Are Some Of The Possible Risks Or Side Effects?
Pain over the injection site, bruising, swelling, itching, blistering, ulceration, and darkening of the skin over the treated area is common and may last up to two years. Other potential risks are allergic reaction, growth of new blood vessels, vessel recurrence, and in rare cases blood clots, migraine headaches, visual disturbances, and scarring. Patients that have a patent foramen ovale (hole between the right and left chambers of the heart) and those who do not wear appropriate compression after treatment are at increased risk of these side effects.
At Colorado Skin and Vein we offer treatment for the smallest spider vein to the largest varicose vein. Let us help answer any questions you have about your veins. For more information on our varicose vein treatments, including sclerotherapy, call our office at (303) 683-3235 or request a consult online.