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Banish Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy

Tiny red, blue, and purple spider veins can have a huge effect on your appearance. While generally not dangerous, these web-like veins mainly affect your legs, but can show up just about anywhere on your body, including your face.

But don’t despair. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for spider veins and their larger bulging cousins, varicose veins. 

At Surgical Care East in Camillus, New York, you can rely on skilled vascular surgeon Dennis Resetarits, MD, and our team to eliminate your spider veins and improve your vascular health. Here we discuss sclerotherapy, the treatment of choice for small veins.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are smaller versions of varicose veins. These little twisted blood vessels are visible through the skin and most commonly appear on your legs. They get their name from the pattern of a spider web.

Spider veins are a warning sign of damage to the one-way valves in veins that keeps blood flowing in one direction toward the heart. Blood flows backward and increases pressure on vein walls when these valves are damaged or otherwise dysfunctional.

Eliminating spider veins not only improves the appearance of your legs, but it also improves your vascular health. That’s because the body reroutes blood to healthy veins.

What is sclerotherapy and how does it eliminate spider veins?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves injecting a solution into the targeted vein to close it off. The procedure does not require anesthesia and takes only 15 minutes to an hour to complete on average.

You lie comfortably as Dr. Resetarits uses a very fine needle to inject the sclerosant solution into the damaged vein. The solution irritates the targeted vein and causes the treated vein to collapse. 

Your body then naturally absorbs the damaged vein. The number of injections you need to treat your spider veins depends on their size and location.

In addition to its cosmetic benefits, sclerotherapy relieves symptoms such as burning, itching, swelling, and leg cramps.

What happens after sclerotherapy

After the sclerotherapy procedure, you can return to your regular daily activities with a few restrictions. Walk and move your legs after treatment to prevent blood clots from forming and to optimize treatment results. 

But you should avoid aerobic exercise for up to a week after the procedure. Stay out of the sun for the first few days after your sclerotherapy treatment. Sun exposure can cause dark spots to develop on your skin in the treatment area.

Dr. Resetarits may recommend that you wear compression stockings to maintain pressure on the treated veins. You may need to wear compression stockings for one to three weeks. 

It’s normal for redness to appear at the injection sites. This redness goes away within a few days. You may also experience temporary bruising.  

What results can I expect?

Sclerotherapy is very effective at treating spider veins. Most of our patients with spider veins notice results within three to six weeks following treatment. Larger veins may take longer to respond. 

Once we’ve eliminated the problem veins, they do not reappear.

We may have you schedule a follow-up visit about a month after sclerotherapy to check your progress and ensure the treatment is working.

To learn more about how sclerotherapy can help you say goodbye to spider veins, contact our Camillus, New York, office today.

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