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Which procedure is used in the treatment of spider veins? A vein doctor explains.

Jun 02, 2019
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Sclerotherapy: your best bet to getting rid of spider veins

Any information resource that you use to find out which procedure is used in the treatment of spider veins would give you only one top answer – sclerotherapy. This is the single most effective therapy out there that gets rid of spider veins. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that is quick and minimally invasive – your vein doctor can actually treat you during your lunch break!

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a medicated solution, called a sclerosant, into the defective spider veins. The injection is done using really tiny needles, which are totally painless – you may just feel a slight twinge of discomfort when the solution enters your veins. The entire procedure gets over in 30 minutes, and you can just walk out and resume your daily activities. This procedure does not need any anesthesia, so you don’t need any recovery time. Your vein doctor will, in fact, encourage you to walk more after treatment to keep the blood moving, which gives you faster results. Your doctor may also ask you to wear compression stockings for three to six weeks after treatment, to improve results, and minimize swelling and bruising.

When the sclerosant enters your veins, it pushes the blood out, so you will see the vein magically disappear. This is not how spider vein removal works, though! The vein will reappear, because it fills back with blood. Do not get alarmed by this. You will see results in around a month.

The sclerosant irritates the walls of the veins in your legs, which causes them to eventually fuse to each other. This stops blood from filling back in the veins, and the spider veins stop functioning. Since they don’t work anymore, they are eventually absorbed by the body. That is when you see results, which last long term. With just one round of sclerotherapy, you will see up to 80% improvement in the appearance of your spider veins. You don’t get these results with other marketed forms of treatment, like blue light therapy, or laser therapy. These require multiple sessions to achieve equal results, which end up costing more both in terms of time, and money.

Are there any risks to having sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is extremely safe for patients of any age. It has nearly no side effects. The very few that do occur are mentioned below.

Because the sclerosant is meant to irritate the vein walls, you may notice a minor amount of redness or swelling. This is similar to an insect bite, and usually resolves within 24 hours of sclerotherapy injections.

Spider veins are a pretty common issue that may or may not be caused by chronic venous insufficiency. In this article, we discuss what causes spider veins and what is the best spider vein treatment.
Less than 1% of all people develop minor hyperpigmentation. This is when the skin above the veins becomes slightly darker than the surrounding areas. This is really, really rare and does not cause any damage to the skin. This can occur in people who tan easily, so if you are one of them, ensure that you avoid sun exposure after treatment, and be generous with the sun block!

Be aware that vein specialists may not use sclerotherapy to treat spider veins on the foot or on the face. This is because the blood vessels here are really dense, and there are chances that the irritant effect could spread to healthier veins. Choose a reputed vein specialist, who will be able to advise you on whether you are the right candidate for sclerotherapy.

Is sclerotherapy enough to treat my spider veins? Do I need a varicose vein concultation as well?

Sclerotherapy only improves the appearance of spider veins. It does not treat the underlying cause. Often, people develop spider veins secondary to a condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency. In this condition, the problem lies with the larger veins of your leg. Your larger veins have valves at the top end, which regulate the flow of blood from the legs back to the heart. Basically, the valves shut after the blood moves past them, preventing back-flow of blood into the legs. In CVS, these valves weaken, causing accumulation of blood in the leg veins. The increased pressure of blood in the leg veins causes them to expand and bulge out. These give the appearance of larger veins called varicose veins and spider veins – the smaller, bluish ones.

If you have CVS, you may experience symptoms like swollen ankles, feet that ache and feel heavy at the end of the day, and general tiredness and fatigue. However, some people who have early CVS may not have any symptoms. The best method to determine whether you have this is to consult a vein specialist, who will perform a duplex ultrasound. This is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows the vein doctor see inside of your veins, and diagnose your vein disease.

If the vein doctor confirms that you have CVS, sclerotherapy alone will not be enough, because the underlying problem will cause new spider veins to form.  The larger, defective vein needs to be removed. Earlier, varicose vein surgery used to involve an invasive process called vein stripping. Now, however, premier vein clinics offer minimally invasive procedures such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and ClariVein, which are almost as painless as Sclerotherapy, are equally fast, and require no recovery time.

Vein Treatment Clinic offers top-of-the-line Sclerotherapy injections for spider veins, and cutting edge procedures that can treat your varicose veins and CVS. Main an appointment online or call 855-386-0195 to learn more about your vein treatment options.

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Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

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At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Sareh
Rajaee MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Todd
Kobrinski MD

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.
Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.

Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.

Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>

Jasmine
Koo MD

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

Read more >>
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