Sclerotherapy (For Spider Veins)
Performed at Infinity Vein Center, the medical office of Kimberly K. Schulz, MD
Eliminate unsightly spider veins on the legs-the small blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin and have a red to blue-colored appearance. Patients with spider veins on their legs, thighs or buttocks often shy away from wearing shorts and swimwear because of the web-like appearance of these veins.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that offers dramatic clearing of spider veins. A specialized solution is injected into the spider veins, causing a "scarring down" of the vessel so it can no longer be seen. Sclerotherapy is more effective, less painful and less expensive than laser treatment of spider veins on legs. Laser therapy for spider vessels is available from other providers but comes at a much higher cost to the patient and actually is less effective and more painful than injections. Sclerotherapy treatment is considered the gold standard for spider vein treatment.
Some spider vein patients who have larger veins may benefit from a technique called ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, where a foam solution is injected into the vein, causing the vein to compress and diminish. Other treatment options for leg veins include Venefit™ (formerly known as the VNUS® Closure Procedure) and Microphlebectomy. At your initial appointment, Dr. Schulz and her staff will provide a clinical evaluation of your leg veins and determine which procedure will help you best achieve your desired outcome.
What are the Side Effects?
The most common side effect from sclerotherapy is mild pain with the injections. Sclerosing solution causes injury to the inner lining of the vessels, which in turn causes minor pain. Bruising, redness, and swelling at the injection sites are also very common.
Will my Spider Veins Return?
While most patients benefit substantially from sclerotherapy, the rate at which new spider veins form will most likely not be affected by injections. Prolonged standing, future pregnancies, and hereditary tendencies all contribute to the further development of spider veins.
Are you a candidate for sclerotherapy for your spider veins? Call our office today to schedule your sclerotherapy consultation. 319-337-5355.