What is Sclerotherapy, How Does it Work?
Sclerotherapy is a method of treating one of the most common skin conditions we face: spider veins and reticular veins. Spider veins are small, fine, thin veins often form in the ankles, calves, and thighs, and can appear purple and/orred in color. They often resemble spiderwebs on the skin, and can sometimes even be painful. Reticular leg veins are the slightly larger, blue to blue-green veins which feed into spider veins. Leg veins can be caused by certain medications, prolonged standing or sitting, hormonal shifts, weight gain, and heredity.
Sclerotherapy works to reduce the appearance of spider veins and reticular veins and give the skin a healthier aesthetic look. After the skin of the treatment area has been pulled taut, a chemical solution, Asclera (polidocanol) is injected with a tiny needle into the vein. This procedure will ultimately cause the spider veins to be reabsorbed by the body, thereby diminishing their appearance. Unlike hypertonic saline, another sclerotherapy solution, Asclera has less side effects and is dramatically more comfortable during treatment. Depending on the extent of the spider and reticular veins, most patients will see results about two to three weeks after treatment.
Laser Vein Therapy
Fine spider veins that are not being “fed” by reticular leg veins can also be treated with laser vein therapy, a non-invasive, virtually painless procedure that uses light energy pulses to eradicate spider veins. The heat and light emitted from the laser causes the spider veins to collapse, and their appearance to fade away. Laser vein therapy typically takes at least two treatment sessions for optimal results, and most patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately after treatment.