How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Spider veins develop when the valves which direct blood flow malfunction, allowing backflow and pooling in the vessel. This compromises the vessel walls, creating branches of fine, superficial vein clusters that are red, blue, or purple in color. Spider veins present mostly on the legs or face, though they can occur anywhere. Problematic blood flow can worsen, causing varicose veins, which bulge and twist and lead to blood clotting problems, leg weakness, and poor wound healing. Spider veins can be an initial sign of deeper vascular disease which may require further treatment.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard of care for both spider and varicose veins with a 60%-80% success rate for treating dysfunctional veins. It’s minimally invasive, involving an injection of sclerosing medication designed to block the veins with scar tissue development or by collapsing the vessel walls. This blockage redirects blood flow to healthier vessels deeper in the tissues and the body absorbs the diseased veins so they disappear. Sclerotherapy corrects the underlying cause of the problem rather than treating only the cosmetic symptom of unsightly spider veins. The pain, itchiness, and greater chance of developing varicose veins is resolved.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Ideal sclerotherapy patients, typically between 30 and 60 years old, should discuss their complete medical history with Rejuve Med Spa’s injection specialists during the consultation. Sclerotherapy does not prevent future spider veins, and patients should maintain realistic expectations. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not undergo sclerotherapy.
What is Sclerotherapy Treatment Like?
Sclerotherapy is a surprisingly easy treatment that lasts between 30-60 minutes. Most patients tolerate the injections well without the need for anesthesia. There is no prolonged downtime, and you’re immediately able to resume most normal activities. We recommend wearing compression socks for 1-2 weeks and staying active to reduce the chance of complications. If you have any travel plans that include flying, be sure to tell your Rejuve Med Spa team member.