You may be considering sclerotherapy to treat spider veins or varicose veins, and here at Melbourne Dermatology Center you can consult with one of our providers about treatment options for spider veins to regain relief, youthfulness and appearance of your legs. Florida weather is warm year round here on the Space Coast and you should not be embarrassed to wear shorts! Sclerotherapy can be used for cosmetic purposes to lessen the presence of the web-like look of visible veins on your legs.
Spider veins are tiny, visible veins that are typically purple or blue in color and create a web-like pattern at the surface of your skin. They are most commonly seen on the legs and are not harmful.
Typically further medical care for your spider veins is sought out when you do not like the appearance of your spider veins or they cause uncomfortable symptoms like slight itching or aching.
A chemical solution mixture is made, where then your provider at Melbourne Dermatology Center will inject this solution into the visible spider veins. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessels causing them to collapse and close.
The injections are very superficial and tolerable. The solution may cause some mild burning as being injected into the vessels, but this is what helps to collapse the veins.
Prepare to have downtime for the next 24-48 hours of little to no standing on your feet. It is recommended for best results to keep your treated leg(s) elevated as much as possible in the first 24 hours to reduce the chance of the spider veins forming again.
For some of the smaller spider veins you can see some disappear almost instantly, other veins will usually respond in 3-6 weeks and any larger veins respond in 3-4 months. If you have a successful treatment your spider veins will completely disappear. It is recommended to make a follow up with your provider at Melbourne Dermatology Center to examine your spider veins after treatment. Sometimes it will be recommended by your provider that multiple treatments will be needed.
Based on a researched study, sclerotherapy is successful in around 75-90% of cases. With a successful treatment your spider veins will not reform. However, new veins may appear and you may need repeated treatments.