sclerotherapy

Overview

Sclerotherapy is used to treat veins that show up on the surface of the skin primarily on the ankles, calves, thighs, and face. These “spider veins” are almost always a cosmetic concern for the patient but in certain scenarios they could represent medical issues or side effects from medication. That is why it is important to schedule a consultation with one of our expert providers to determine the right plan of action.

Sclerotherapy works by injecting a sclerosing solution into the veins. This solution will cause the vein to collapse and absorb into the body and results typically take 1-2 treatments although for some more severe cases it can take up to 4. Within 2-3 weeks the patient should expect to see the targeted veins fading away. It is important to note that sclerotherapy is permanent for the veins treated but will have to be preformed again for new veins that emerge. 

Candidates

Sclerotherapy can visibly improve the condition in almost all patients, but it is not the only type of procedure that deals with pesky veins. If injections do not suit you, there are other options available at Thomas Dermatology with one of our many cosmetic lasers. During your appointment your provider will be able to determine the best treatment. 

What should I expect from my appointment?

The area will be disinfected with an alcohol solution before injection. There is little to no pain from the injection but a topical antiseptic is available upon request. After your procedure you will be able to resume your regular schedule. If you notice any bruising or swelling in the treated areas do not worry that is very normal and should subside naturally. 

How long should I expect to wait for results?

In most cases it should take between one to two treatments. Like most cosmetic procedures, it is important to wait at least a few months in between treatments in order to allow your body to use its natural blood flow to heal the targeted areas. In many cases, patients see desirable results after just one treatment.