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.

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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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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Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
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VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
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Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

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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VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

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

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
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

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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