Spider Vein Injection Therapy

SCLEROTHERAPY ( Spider Vein Injection Therapy)

Procedure: To remove small clusters of fine reddish veins found around the knees, thighs and lower legs.
Length: 1 to 2 hours.
Anesthesia: Novocaine
In/Outpatient:  In office procedure
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising and numbness of the skin. 
Possible Risks:  Unfavorable scarring,Bleeding (hematoma),Infection,Poor healing of injection sites, Change in skin sensation,Damage to deeper structures — such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles — can occur and may be temporary or permanent,Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents,Skin contour irregularities,Skin discoloration and swelling,Skin sensitivity,  Ulceration,Pain, which may persist, Possibility of revisional surgery,Need for further injection therapy.
RecoveryBack to work: 3-5 days . Need to wear a compression stocking or ace wrap for the first 5 days. After 6 weeks you may be ready for a second treatment.  Bruising can take up to  2 weeks to resolve. Limit sun exposure for several months.
Duration of Results: Variable.  Treating one area may not prevent new spider veins from resurfacing in the future.

What causes Spider Veins:

  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Weight gain
  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing

How Much does Spider Veins therapy cost?

It depends on how many clusters are treated. A cluster is defined as a 5 cm x 5 cm area of veins in our office . The standard treatments costs include the surgeons fee and the facility costs.

Is Spider Vein Therapy right for me?Spider vein treatment is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Spider vein treatment can be performed on people of any age and is a good option for you if .

  • You are bothered by spider veins anywhere on your body
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your spider vein treatment
  • You are committed to following your plastic surgeon’s prescribed course of treatment.

How is this procedure performed?

Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting an irritative highly concentrated saline(salt) solution into the individual spider veins.  The salt solution causes an irritation on the inside walls of the spider veins causing them to potentially scar down and collapse the vein. Over time the body removes the collapsed vein. This procedure is different that laser vein therapy.

What is the recovery from Spider Vein treatment?

Every patient heals at a different rate. However, you can expect that your recovery will follow this general time line:

Within the first week

  • You will be encouraged to walk
  • The tape, cotton balls or any other dressings (if used) will be removed from the treated areas when recommended by the plastic surgeon
  • The treated sites will appear bruised
  • You may be instructed to wear support stockings for three to six weeks
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two
  • You should avoid squatting, heavy lifting and running

Within one month

  • The bruises at the treated sites will diminish
  • You will begin to feel more comfortable wearing leg-baring fashions
  • You can resume most exercise; however, your doctor should be consulted if you plan to do any weight lifting or jogging
  • One month after the first treatment, spider veins are distinctly lighter, yet still somewhat visible
  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two
  • After two or more treatments, the leg appears noticeably clearer and more attractive

The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee, in some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another procedure may be necessary.

Please contact us to see if you are a candidate for sclerotherapy.