Spider Veins are typically harmless, although can sometimes contribute to an aching, or burning sensation, especially if you have been standing for long periods of time.
Spider veins and microvaricosities both respond well to treatment with injection sclerotherapy. While an immediate reduction can occur, it is important to know that an ongoing diminution will occur, and it can take weeks to a few months before maximum results are achieved. Multiple treatment sessions can be required.
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. It is estimated that spider veins affect nearly half of adult women in the U.S.
Spider Vein Removal with Injection Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” treatment for spider veins. Injection sclerotherapy is performed with a miniscule (32 gauge) needle. We do not use hypertonic (very concentrated) saline, but a very dilute agent that results in good ablation with minimal discomfort and minimal risk.
In this procedure, your doctor injects the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, treated spider veins fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once. Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia. Some side effects may include swelling, itching and skin color changes in the treated area.