Vein therapy, also known as sclerotherapy, is a non-invasive treatment for spider veins. Our certified physician assistant, Jana Emmett, has treated patients with spider veins for over seven years. Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure to fade away embarrassing spider veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. Over time, the solution causes the vessel to scar and collapse, forcing blood to reroute to other veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed by the body and fades away. After treatment, spider veins can fade within three weeks to a month. For best results, several treatments may be required.
Prior to treatment, patients will have a consultation with a certified medical professional to determine if they are a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Patients that are pregnant are not eligible. If a patient has had a blood clot in the past, their eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis. The ideal candidate for vein therapy should have a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
During the procedure, a salt solution is injected directly into the vein with a fine needle. Patients may experience some mild discomfort or cramping for one or two minutes. The procedure can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes depending on the amount of veins treated.
Following the procedure, patients may be instructed to wear hosiery to compress the treated vessels. It is recommended that patients avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 48 hours. Patients should also avoid hot baths or direct exposure to sunlight for 48 hours.
Studies have shown that as many as 50%-80% of injected veins may be eliminated with each session of sclerotherapy. If the veins respond to treatment, they will not reappear. However, new veins can appear and may require additional treatment.