Sclerotherapy: The Spider Vein Treatment Patients are Raving About
Sclerotherapy is a procedure gaining a lot of traction in the aesthetic treatment space—and for good reason! Though this treatment has been around for a while, it is gaining more popularity as a non-surgical treatment for spider veins and varicose veins as techniques have improved in recent decades. Below we will discuss the answers to all of your questions, including “what is sclerotherapy”, “how does sclerotherapy work”, “how many sclerotherapy sessions will I need”, and more.
Sclerotherapy is a form of spider vein treatment that uses an injection to shrink blood vessels and lessen the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins. Because the procedure is non-surgical and requires only an injection, it is a good option for anyone looking to diminish the appearance of their unwanted varicose veins without more invasive surgery. Sclerotherapy is used both as an aesthetic treatment and a medical treatment for some issues involving veins and blood vessels.
Sclerotherapy uses a solution called a sclerosant, which is injected directly into a vein or lymph vessel. The solution aggravates the vessel, causing it to swell, which ceases the flow of blood and leads the vessel to shrink.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins occur when the veins swell and bulge. Varicose veins occur most often in the legs. The cause can be weakened vein walls that cause blood to pool and the veins to swell and appear more noticeably through the skin.
Who is a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
Not everyone who has visible varicose veins needs sclerotherapy. Discuss your concerns and your goals with your plastic surgeon to figure out the best options for treating spider veins. Varicose veins may be painful and can cause additional skin issues. Sclerotherapy decreases the likelihood of vein damage, making varicose veins less visible and less painful by shrinking them.
Because this procedure is done through injection, it’s possible that some patients will experience mild discomfort or a burning sensation during the procedure after the solution is injected, but for most patients the procedure is relatively pain free.
In most cases, people require a follow-up session to fully shrink the vein. If there are several varicose veins, you will likely need numerous treatments to shrink or minimize the appearance of all of them.
If you are interested in finding out more about sclerotherapy in Orlando, schedule a consultation with HZ Plastic Surgery today to discuss your specific needs.