Leg Vein Removal - Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic medical treatment used to treat spider veins and reticular veins, where a tiny needle is used to inject a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Overtime, the body will absorb the treated vein. Mild discomfort may occur, and a cramping sensation may be felt for 1 to 2 minutes when larger veins are injected.
The number of veins injected in one session is variable, depending on the size and location of the veins, and the client's overall medical condition. Anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions may be needed for any vein region. Medical support stockings/compressions tights may need to be worn for several days to several weeks to assist in resolution of the veins. In general, spider veins respond to treatment in 3 to 6 weeks, and larger veins respond in 3 to 4 months.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins, medically known as Telangietasias are dilated capillary veins less than 2 mms in diameter. They are small blue to red appearing blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin and occur either in lines or web-like patterns. They are usually visible on the legs but sometimes are visible around the nose and lips and are commonly referred to as "broken veins". While they can ache, burn or itch now and then, they are usually not symptomatic. Spider veins are not harmful and are simply unsightly.
Factors which can influence leg veins include:
- Topical Steroids
- Sun exposure
Thread veins, removal, reticular veins, broken capillaries