What is Sclerotherapy? A Guide to Eliminating Varicose or Spider Veins

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Apr 5, 2017 4:00:00 PM


Do you find yourself reaching for long pants year-round because you’re embarrassed by varicose or spider veins on your legs? You’re not alone. According to Everyday Health, a group of researchers looked at 1,566 people and found that 84 percent had spider veins on their right legs alone. Not only are spider and varicose veins unsightly, but varicose veins can also lead to serious health problems if left untreated. The good news is spider and varicose veins are highly treatable with a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure called sclerotherapy.

Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that may appear blue, red or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear to be twisted and bulging under the skin. Varicose veins are typically caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. On the other hand, spider veins, a mild form of varicose veins, are very thin red lines that appear as a weblike networks of blood vessels. Most varicose and spider veins appear in the lower half of the body due to the pressure of body weight, force of gravity and the difficult task of pumping blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart.

Varicose and spider veins are most commonly caused by aging, hormonal changes or a lack of bodily movement. Although spider veins are typically just a cosmetic concern, varicose veins may cause a variety of adverse symptoms including heaviness, swelling, aching, burning or pain. Symptoms may heighten when you've been standing for long periods.

Sclerotherapy Procedure

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the procedure works by injecting a special sclerosing solution into the vein. This causes the problem vein to swell and shut off, which forces blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

This treatment does not require anesthesia and can be performed in our office. Our patients have reported feeling a small stick with mild to moderate burning during the sclerotherapy procedure. You can return to normal activity following the treatment. Some patients report seeing immediate results after the procedure.

Sclerotherapy Results

The treated blood vessels fade slowly over the next two-to-four weeks. We can usually achieve 70-90 percent fading with an average of two-to-four 30-minute treatments. After four weeks, we recommend a follow-up appointment for a thorough evaluation. Additional treatments may be necessary. Once adequately treated, your varicose or spider veins will disappear and have you reaching for shorts and skirts by summertime.

Join us for a lunch and learn about sclerotherapy treatment on April 20. Every attendee who receives a sclerotherapy treatment will receive a complimentary 20-minute laser follow-up treatment from the Monarch Skin Care Rejuvenation Center.

Event details:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

4801 W. 135th St., Leawood, KS 66224

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