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Varicose veins and spider veins are an unfortunate consequence of our genetics and lifestyle. While we can’t necessarily escape what’s in our DNA, the truth is that unsightly veins can be treated. Vein doctors today used modern, minimally-invasive techniques to treat and eliminate undesirable veins with high success rates.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most important treatment choices for spider and varicose veins. The procedure can be done in an office setting and is suitable for many different types of vein presentations. The procedure involves small amounts of sclerosant injection into target veins by your vein doctor. The treated veins are then permanently collapsed and eliminated by the body.
Consult with your vein doctor in New Jersey about whether sclerotherapy treatment is right for you.
The venous system is a carrying tank for circulating blood, generally holding up to 70% of the blood volume at any given time. Circulating blood within veins is returned back to the heart using complex interactions between valves and muscle pump function.
A dysfunctional venous system is the result of damage to vein walls and valves that result in varicose vein problems. Naturally, blood pools in these veins due to gravity, resulting in high pressure within the veins. Whereas the deeper veins are supported by the muscles within our legs, the superficial veins that cause varicose veins will stretch. Over time, these vein walls can become weakened from the constant pressure and resulting in vein injury. The size of the veins will gradually increase and lead to valve dysfunction and venous reflux. The visual presentation of this is commonly seen as spider and varicose veins on the legs.
Venous insufficiency is more common in individuals who sit or stand for prolonged periods, increasing age, females, obesity, and most importantly patients with a family history. Developing varicose veins is linked to our DNA and this affects men and women alike.
When treating with sclerotherapy for spider veins or varicose veins, the vein doctor will first need to consider the target vessel. Larger, varicose veins or reticular veins require different treatment approaches then smaller spider veins. This can include different concentrations of medications or even alternative formulations, such as foam sclerotherapy. Nonetheless, the general rules of thumb for successful treatment are:
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive procedure and is not surgical in nature. However, we still recommend that your vein specialist have formal vascular training to perform these procedures.
Your vein doctor will use tiny needles to inject the sclerosant into your target veins. In some regions, a local anesthetic may be necessary, otherwise, the procedure is done without the need for any sedation. After the procedure is completed, your vein doctor will likely prescribe compression stockings for a variable period of time to push blood out of the treated veins. The injected medication will stimulate your body to begin the healing process on your treated veins and gradually eliminate them. At first, you may notice the treated areas to be red or inflammed and this is normal. During the first 2 weeks, this will resolve and the veins will become lighter and lighter. While each treatment leads to significant improvement, It is not uncommon to need additional sessions of sclerotherapy to achieve better than 80% improvement.
Sclerotherapy spider vein removal has the following advantages:
There are some side effects associated with sclerotherapy treatment. Most commonly, these issues are benign and self-limiting. Discomfort or cramping at the injection site is the most common question. This is usually mild and improves within a few days with some patients even reporting superficial phlebitis (inflammation). General measures such as walking and adhering to compression stockings help minimize the occurence and symptoms. Some patients can also note itching or even red, raised areas around the treated veins. These findings are often self-limited, however if the situation warrants and your vein doctor approves, Benadryl can be effective.
Other potential common side-effects that require attention include:
Your vein doctor will also be monitoring for some rare reactions:
Rare, late-presenting side effects that require immediate notification of your vein doctor:
These are signs of a more serious reaction to the treatment that requires your vein doctor to be notified.
Once your sclerotherapy session is complete, you are free to resume your usual routine with few limitations. Our vein doctors provide the following rules for maximizing your treatment results:
During the recovery period, your best do-follow recommendations are to:
The vein doctors at the Princeton Vascular Center have completed formal vascular training and are board-certified experts with local and national recognition. Sclerotherapy is our preferred method for treating and eliminating unsightly spider veins. Schedule an appointment online or call the Princeton Vascular Center to learn what vein treatments are best for you.