Pesky and unattractive, spider veins are most often cosmetic in nature, though they can be symptomatic of a deeper issue called venous insufficiency or venous reflux. They appear as threadlike red, blue or purplish veins and are commonly found on the legs, calves, thighs and ankles. They form from pressure in the venous system, which in turn, forces the thin-walled veins to expand to several times their normal size, resulting in spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is the gold standard of care in the treatment of spider veins and is a relatively simple procedure that involves injecting an FDA-approved solution directly into the vein via a tiny needle. The sclerosant solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and seal closed. The vein is eventually reabsorbed and fades.
While sclerotherapy isn’t dependent on skin type, it works best on smaller vessels, and only patients who have recently experienced clotting issues are not qualified for the therapy. Schedule a complimentary vein screening with Dr. Schwartz to see if sclerotherapy is right for you.
Sclerotherapy is a quick, in-office treatment session that takes between 20-40 minutes. There’s no significant preparation other than cleansing or sterilizing the skin, as with any injection. You may require multiple sessions, depending on the severity of your condition and the number of veins or treatment areas.
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.
While your veins may appear to vanish immediately as they go into spasm, it actually takes 4-6 weeks for them to be completely collapsed and absorbed. The treated area often may look worse before it looks better. Reasonable clearance typically requires 3-5 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. It is important to remember that new spider veins can form over time, based on one’s genetics, so patients should be aware that if veins reappear at some point in the future, it is not that they have “come back”, just that new ones have developed.
Patients can return to routine work and normal activities immediately following treatment. However, patients should wait 24-36 hours before doing anything that will significantly increase their heart rate, such as major exercise, heavy lifting, running, etc. Dr. Schwartz also advises recently treated patients to avoid prolonged sitting or standing in one place for more than 1-2 hours at a time, with frequent periods of walking.
*Individual Results May Vary
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*Individual Results May Vary
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