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How Long Does Sclerotherapy Last?

Although spider veins do not cause physical problems, they can make you self-conscious and limit your freedom to wear and do what you want. Sclerotherapy is a gold standard treatment for the treatment of spider veins. It collapses unwanted spider veins, stopping blood flow and with the treated veins ultimately disappearing. 

What is Sclerotherapy? 

Spider veins often make people feel uncomfortable, even though they are often harmless. Fortunately, they respond well to treatment, and you can see significant improvements. Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins that uses an injectable solution. This solution damages the walls of the vein, causing scarring and closing the vein to stop blood flow. As a result, the treated spider veins will gradually fade away.

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How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy solution is injected directly into the spider veins. It immediately irritates the vein walls, causing them to adhere to each other, closing off the vein. The body’s natural filtration system will remove the remnants of the vein and associated pigmentation. Most spider veins require a series of three to five treatments to see full clearance. The tiniest spider veins make sclerotherapy difficult, so Dr. Craig Schwartz may use topical laser treatments to get rid of them. And facial/nose spider veins can even be even trickier to treat, as they are too tiny for needles and the laser energy is too powerful for facial skin, which is why we offer the VeinGogh treatment, which can go where sclerotherapy sometimes can’t by using thermocoagulation heat.   Dr. Schwartz uses super-fine insulated needles to deliver just enough heat to force the vein walls to collapse. Because the needles are insulated, the surrounding skin is not affected. 

How Long Does Sclerotherapy Last?

Most patches of spider veins require a series of three to five treatments spaced several weeks apart for optimal clearance. Once blood flow through the vein has stopped, the treated vein will not grow back. While you will never see that particular spider vein again, new ones can still form, especially if you have a genetic predisposition toward them. You can take some steps to avoid seeing new spider veins, such as:

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • Staying active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Not remaining in the same position for a prolonged time

If you have a strong family history of spider veins, chances are reasonably good that you will see a few more in the future. Fortunately, your sclerotherapy treatment should be simple and easy enough that you have no concerns about having these new arrivals eliminated with additional treatment. 

What is Getting Sclerotherapy Like?

Sclerotherapy is performed as an outpatient procedure. It requires no numbing, and the procedure takes less than 40 minutes. Most people barely feel the tiny needle. You may notice a mild burning or tingling as the solution enters the vein. Several spider veins may be injected during your treatment session. Some veins do not respond the first time and require a second injection to close them off entirely. 

Is There Any Downtime With Sclerotherapy?

You can resume your usual activities after sclerotherapy. However, you will have a few instructions for your recovery:

  • Wear compression stockings
  • Avoid too much sun exposure
  • Take warm, not hot, showers and avoid hot tubs or saunas
  • Do not take anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin
  • Take regular walks, but avoid heavy lifting or jogging

You should be able to resume your routine without limitations within about a week. Daily walking will promote healthy circulation during the post-injection process. Most people see bruising around the injected area that can last several weeks. This bruising is harmless and will fade on its own. Soreness and redness may also occur and will go away without treatment. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

How Many Sclerotherapy Treatments Will I Need?

Not all spider veins respond to the first treatment. Most people need three to five sessions to treat all their unwanted spider veins. Treatments are spaced six weeks apart so Dr. Schwartz can see which veins have faded and which will need another injection. Most spider veins will not need more than two injections. Large clusters of spider veins may require more treatments to remove them all. 

What Results Will I See With Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a highly effective method for treating spider veins. Treatment will successfully close off and stop blood flow to these spider veins. However, they will not all fade at the same speed. Most will disappear in four to six weeks, but some may take longer or not fade completely. Laser treatments can work well to address these residual pigments.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Dr. Schwartz will assess your spider veins to determine the best treatment method. Most people with spider veins make good sclerotherapy candidates. You should be prepared to follow all post-procedure instructions, including daily walking, and to wait several weeks to see the results of your treatment. You may not be a good candidate if you are pregnant or have certain bleeding or clotting problems. 

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** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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