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Eliminate spider veins and varicose veins with sclerotherapy at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Center.

Superficial leg veins are a common problem that most often affect women. Called telangiectasia, or spider veins, the small clusters of red, blue, and purple vessels may increase with certain health conditions, weight, pregnancy or hormonal imbalance. They may also be the consequence of standing or sitting for long periods. Spider veins do not typically cause anything more than cosmetic concerns, but larger varicose veins may sometimes cause itching, aching, or burning sensations. Sclerotherapy may be performed to remove these veins.

Sclerotherapy is a longstanding non-surgical treatment for problematic spider veins and varicose veins. In many cases, the procedure may help avoid surgical vein removal. Depending on the severity and extent of venous disease, and on the patient's level of compliance with recommended home care, sclerotherapy may produce the desired result in just a few treatments. According to research, between 50 and 80 percent of treated veins may fade away with each sclerotherapy session.

What to expect

Performed by one of our trained dermatologists, sclerotherapy involves injecting targeted veins with a sclerosing solution. These injections may cause mild cramping or discomfort that diminishes within a few minutes. Most sessions require only about 15 to 30 minutes.

One of the benefits of sclerotherapy is that there is no downtime associated with this procedure. Patients can go about their day, and are encouraged to do some walking after treatment. We may recommend the use of support garments or acetaminophen as needed for maximum comfort. It is important to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin for the first few days after the sclerotherapy procedure. Also, heat and sunlight should be avoided. Hot compresses or hot showers or baths should not be used for at least 48 hours following the procedure.

Side effects of sclerotherapy

Most side effects that may occur after sclerotherapy are mild and last only a short time. These may include itching and swelling around injection sites. Bruising may also occur, and will fade over several days or weeks. Allergic reactions to sclerotherapy are rare, and are typically not serious. If sudden swelling occurs, or ulcers develop at injection sites, contact our office right away.

You don't have to hide because of spider veins or varicose veins. Call Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic to see how we can help you.

Sclerotherapy is a tried-and-true procedure that can successfully eliminate unattractive spider veins and varicose veins. Get the care you need at (619) 377-4949.

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