Superficial leg veins are a common problem that most often affects 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. Sclerotherapy may be performed to improve the appearance of the vessels.
Sclerotherapy is a long-standing non-surgical treatment for problematic spider veins. Depending on the severity and extent of leg veins, and on the patient's level of compliance with recommended home care, sclerotherapy may produce the desired result in a few treatments. According to research, between 50 and 80 percent of treated veins may fade away with each sclerotherapy session.
What to expectPerformed 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 sclerotherapyMost 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) 462-1670.
Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center
Grossmont Dermatology is committed to providing patients with excellent quality skin treatments to help them preserve their youth. They use the latest technologies and treatment modalities to provide patients with the most effective services suiting their individual needs. The team of professionals at the practice comprise:
- Christopher Crosby, MD, PhD, FAAD - Specialist in Mohs surgery and reconstructive dermatologic surgery for skin cancers.
- Paul B. Dean, MD, MPH, FAAD – Specializes in general dermatology, mole and lesion removal, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and skin cancer treatments.
- Maki Christine Goskowicz, MD, FAAD – Expertise includes general and laser dermatology, and skin cancer and melanoma treatments.
- Shinko Lin, MD – Specializes in general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, skin cancer treatments, and PDT.
- Helene Jolly, PA-C, MPAP – Performs cosmetic dermatology, acne and skin rash treatments, and mole removal among other tasks.