Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat blood vessels or blood vessel malformations. A medicine is injected into the vessels, which makes them shrink. Sclerotherapy is often used to treat spider veins and smaller varicose veins.
What are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are small veins varying in red, purple, and blue vessels that twist and turn. This type of vein is easily visible through the skin and commonly found on the face and legs. Similar to their larger counterparts (varicose), valve failure of these smaller veins cause blood to flow backward to the surface. This process is called reflux – where the veins become larger and visible. Spider veins develop in persons who inherit the condition from their parents. Although Spider Veins can cause discomfort they do not lead to more serious complications associated with varicose veins. If spider veins are exposed to the sun, further collagen tissue damage can occur.
What causes spider veins? Spider veins are predominantly caused by genetic factors. There is a host of factors that can cause spider veins including:
- Sun exposure
- Hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy, menopause)
- Sedentary lifestyle
Sclerotherapy at La Chelé
We utilize the most commonly used agents, Sotradecol and Polidocanol, for our treatments which is much less painful than Hypertonic Saline. Treatments are usually quite successful but never achieve 100% clearance. Multiple treatments may be indicated. We recommend using compression hose for 1-2 weeks after treatment during the day. We can fit you for hose in our office during your procedure.
Give us a call to schedule your consultation: 215-862-6100