Spider veins and smaller varicose veins will benefit from being treated with sclerotherapy, a treatment that irritates superficial blood vessels, causing them to harden and then to dissipate, leaving clear skin behind. Spider veins are dilated blood vessels close to the skin that manifest as a tangled web of fine red and blue lines on the surface of skin. Although it is possible they could be a symptom of something worse, mostly they are just unsightly, and the procedures to take them out are considered cosmetic in function, meaning most insurance companies will not cover the cost of the treatment. If an underlying condition is discovered, your insurance company will most likely cover the cost of all treatments. Either way, spider veins can affect the quality of life, bringing about embarrassment and a reluctance to wear clothing that may reveal the unsightly areas involved.
There are two types of sclerotherapy: one used for more general removal of spider veins (sclerotherapy), and one for times when more severe medical issues are involved (ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy). Sclerotherapy is minimally invasive, takes less time, and is generally approved for use by all patients. During a sclerotherapy or ultrasound sclerotherapy procedure, a tiny needle is used to inject the sclerosant directly into the diseased vein. The sclerosant is generally some type of salt solution that closes the vein. Results are immediately apparent, and once that vein is closed, the physician can move on to the next one and the next one. Compression stockings are worn afterwards to accelerate healing, but it still may take up to three sessions before the spider veins are completely eradicated.
Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy uses a foamed sclerosant and an ultrasound machine to help find diseased veins that may be further under the surface of the skin, but the remainder of the treatment procedure remains the same. Both procedures are safe for the majority of people, regardless of skin type or tone. Pregnant women should avoid being treated for spider or varicose veins until after the child is born and is no longer nursing. Sclerotherapy is an excellent solution for eradicating spider veins on the face as it is minimally invasive and leaves no scarring.
It is possible to feel some itching or minor burning after Ultrasound Sclerotherapy, but these symptoms generally disappear relatively quickly. In some extremely rare cases an allergic reaction can occur, but as long as you are having the treatment done by a physician experienced in vein diseases and their treatments, sclerotherapy is a safe and painless way to eradicate spider veins. Clear smooth skin is just a few easy treatments away.