Sclerotherapy is a safe, effective treatment that involves the removal of veins by injecting a substance, usually saline, foam, or glycerin into the vein. This substance irritates the vein, causing it to collapse, stick together, and eventually break apart. Since the substance coats the inner lining of the vein, once it collapses, the vein begins to be reabsorbed gradually by the body. The adjacent tissue absorbs the vein fragments and you are left with healthy-looking skin. The process takes around three to six weeks for you to experience relief from spider veins and three to four months to be relieved of varicose veins.
Areas of concern
At Skinlastiq, we most commonly perform sclerotherapy with foam for large varicose veins and with glycerin or sodium tetradecyl sulfate for spider veins. We often combine sclerotherapy with a laser to achieve the most effective, most rapid, and least uncomfortable removal of leg veins. All patients should have a minimum of a venous Doppler exam prior to proceeding with any vein treatment of any type. This exam is performed painlessly in our office at the time of the consultation at no extra cost. An abnormal Doppler exam suggests that deep veins that cannot be seen on the surface are leaky and need to be treated also. Failure to recognize and treat deep veins will lead to a rapid reoccurrence of spider and varicose veins on the surface.
Most people can handle sclerotherapy well but, like with most procedures, sclerotherapy may not be right for everyone. Women should not undergo sclerotherapy while pregnant, for example. Talk with your doctor to make sure you are a good candidate for this procedure. Some veins resist treatment, so you may need repeated treatments to gain relief from stubborn veins. Veins that respond to treatment usually do not return, but you may develop new varicose veins or spider veins near the treated area. At Skinlastiq, we have years of experience in performing sclerotherapy and other treatments designed to treat varicose veins and spider veins. Every member of our staff understands the importance of the health of our patients. If you are interested in experiencing high-quality, individualized patient care, give us a call for sclerotherapy in Burlingame at (650) 542-7055.
So, what is sclerotherapy all about? From its suffix therapy, it indicates a treatment procedure. In this case, sclerotherapy is known to be the most effective method of treating spider veins and not very small and not very big varicose veins around the legs and thigh areas. It is done by injecting a solution type of treatment directly into the veins.
The solution injected directly into the veins will create irritations into the lining of the vessels. This reaction will make the veins swell and stick together. It will further create blood clots. Over a period of time, the blood vessel will collapse and develop a scar on the tissues that will eventually fade away.
It’s probably your first time to hear about the word spider veins. However, with the latter, you already have an idea in mind that it pertains about the veins in your body. To be more specific about this terminology, we will discuss it here.
Spider veins are tiny blood vessels that come in blue, red, and purple colors. They are usually evident in the ankles, face, legs, and thighs. They come with a unique branching pattern. Hence, they can be easily recognized, and they normally become more significant as people grow in age. There are a relevant number of factors that contribute to the development of spider veins which involved the following list below.
The above-mentioned factors attribute to the existence of spider veins. So, when you are guilty of those factors mentioned, don’t wonder anymore if you will find spider veins on your legs or thighs.
The therapy involves a basic procedure that can be performed in the doctor’s office without the need for anesthesia. It can only take as fast as 15 minutes or about an hour depending on the number spider veins being treated in one Sclerotherapy session. Below is a list of the proper expectations that you will meet during the treatment process.
When there are a few veins that require treatment, the bigger veins will be injected first before the smaller ones. The injection will start from the thigh down to the calves and ankles. Normally, those veins which are most inconvenient to you will be injected first before the other veins.
You may feel a little pain with a burning sensation during the injection process. You must inform your doctor if the sensation is unbearable or not. However, it is not usual to get an acute burning sensation. It is a rare situation. When this situation happens, it means that the sclera solution has spilled out from the vein into the tissue surrounding it.
After injection, your veins may look inflamed or red. This occurrence implies that the sclerosing solution is working. Your doctor will depress the injected site and apply gauze or other wrappings to help with the compression. Additionally, your doctor will let you wear a compression garment or stocking after the procedure is done to aid in collapsing the treated veins to help in the healing process.
In addition, you will be advised to walk around and do a mild exercise to maintain your blood circulation after the procedure. You are also expected to be back at work and perform your usual, normal activities on the same day. Moreover, you are expected for a follow-up visit a week after or a couple of weeks.
The complete result of the Sclerotherapy procedure can’t be certainly seen in one session. You may be advised by the doctor to take a few sessions to get the desired result. This number of sessions of the treatment will greatly depend on the severity of the spider vein problems.
In case you are required for a few more sessions, you are expected to heal completely from the first session before even going to the next one. Your complete recovery will be about utmost 4 weeks.
When the doctor can already determine that your first session has completely healed, you will be set for the next Sclerotherapy session.
Treated veins will disappear permanently. However, some instances that new vein issues develop, other patients, undergo additional treatment to resolve all vein problems completely.
We at Skinlastiq Medical Spa in Burlingame take pride with our commitment to providing personalized care to our clients. We only administer and provide treatments to our clients if it is in the best interest of the client. With this in mind, we determine the suitability of a client’s candidacy for all the treatments and procedures we offer individually.
We mean individually because we treat our patients with distinctness to ensure that we are able to address all valuable and viable information that we need before we can administer any treatment or if the client can undergo such treatments.
Our clients’ well-being is extremely important to us. We stand by the principle that our clients’ best interests must come first before anything else. We don’t perform any treatment unless we are assured that you are suitable for the treatments you want.
Withal, we will talk with you personally, and discuss all details in private with utmost confidentiality. During the consultation, we will have a thorough discussion about your beautification objectives such as your concerns, cosmetic goals, and desires.
Therefore, almost anyone who is inconveniently bothered by the unattractive spider veins and wants to resolve the condition is a possible candidate for Sclerotherapy. In the initial consultation, we will inform or advise you whether you are a suitable candidate for our treatment or what are the alternatives that you can avail at the Skinlastiq Medical Spa.