What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat spider veins and reticular veins. Sclerotherapy is a treatment which involves the injection of a solution into the small cluster of red or purple veins. Treatment will remove the unsightly presence of these small vein clusters which make some people feel self-conscious to wear skirts, shorts, or to expose any skin affected by these veins. For patients not familiar with spider veins, they are small clusters of red veins (the cluster is often compared to a spider web) found on the side of the nose, and also commonly found on the torso, lower legs, ankles, thighs and calves. Reticular veins are slightly bigger than spider veins and tend to be blue-purple in color.
What is Sclerotherapy used for?
Sclerotherapy is one treatment option for treating spider veins and reticular veins. We have two sclerotherapy options at CosMedic Skincare to serve our Seattle-based clientele. Both treatments involve the injection of solution into the affected veins. Please note that we do not treat large veins known as varicose veins.
- Saline: This is a tried and true injection that will cause the collapse of the spider vein cluster wherever they show up.
- Asclera: This is a medicated injection that damages the cells lining the inside of blood vessels which over time will be replaced with tissue. In a clinical trial, 23% of patients had greater satisfaction with results over traditional saline treatment for lower extremities.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time varies from patient to patient, based on their unique condition. Typical treatment times run from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the size and the number of veins being treated. Once treatment is complete, patients will need to wear a suitable compression garment to aid in the healing process.
What results can I expect?
Results vary from person to person. In a clinical trial, 64% of patients were satisfied with saline treatment and 87% of patients were satisfied with Asclera treatment for their mode of Sclerotherapy treatment. Typically one treatment will accomplish the removal of spider and reticular veins. It is possible that veins will reappear after the initial treatment or simply become smaller and lighter in color. This is typically reviewed one month after the initial treatment is performed. Additional treatment may be required 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment.
What does Sclerotherapy literally do?
Sclerotherapy introduces solution into a spider vein or reticular vein via a tiny, fine needle. Both traditional saline solution and Asclera treatment will bring about the collapse of the vein. Asclera works by damaging the lining inside the vein causing the blood to clot. Once this happens, over time, the clotted vein will be replaced with tissue. Saline solution, on the other hand, will flood the vein, closing it off and causing the vein to collapse. You will see the vein partially or completely disappear once the treatment is complete.
Is the treatment painful?
At the beginning of the treatment you will feel an initial pinpoint sensation. There may be a slight discomfort during treatment but most patients report minimal discomfort. As with all treatments, discomfort varies from patient to patient.
What are the common side effects?
The most common side effects include tenderness, redness, itching and swelling at the injection site(s). Bruising is also a potential side effect. This is by no means a complete list of side effects. A complete list of side effects is available during your consultation.
How long should I wear the compression garment?
Compression garments may be purchased from our office or purchased on your own prior to treatment. In order to receive optimal results, we recommend that compression garments are worn for 2-3 days after treatment of spider veins, and 5-7 days after treatment of reticular veins.
Should I avoid anything after treatment?
We recommend patients avoid heavy exercise, hot baths, saunas, and long plane flights after treatment for at least 2 weeks unless otherwise advised by Dr. Reinertson.
What does treatment cost?
Treatment cost will be determined at the time of the consultation. Dr. Reinertson will review your unique condition and provide a quote for treatment to offer you the best overall value. If multiple areas will be treated, we will endeavor to provide a service discount on your services.