Millions of women are bothered by spider veins – those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem.
Today, many plastic surgeons are treating spider veins with sclerotherapy. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view.
A typical sclerotherapy session is relatively quick, lasting only about 30 to 45 minutes. You should be aware that your treated veins will look worse before they begin to look better.
Getting Back to Normal
A one month healing interval must pass before you may have your second series of injections in the same site. After each treatment, you will notice further improvement.
Before treatment, spider veins are quite noticeable, contrasting sharply with the surrounding skin.
The skin is held taut while the injection of sclerosing solution is administered under bright light and magnification
One month after the first treatment, spider veins are distinctly lighter, yet still somewhat visible.
After two or more treatments, the leg appears noticeably clearer and more attractive
What to Expect from Sclerotherapy
After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. Two or more sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results. You should also be aware that the procedure treats only those veins that are currently visible; it does nothing to permanently alter the venous system or prevent new veins from surfacing in the future.